What is Rapid Media Converter?
Rapid Media Converter is presented as a tool to enable easy conversion of various audio and video file types. This functionality may appear useful, however, be aware that Rapid Media Converter is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or an adware application.
The developers (Howard software Limited) employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to distribute this dubious application. Bundling is a way to stealthily distribute bogus applications together with regular software, and therefore, users risk inadvertently installing Rapid Media Converter during download of free software from freeware download websites.
After infiltration on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) Rapid Media Converter displays various intrusive advertisements that usually redirect to dubious websites containing infectious content. Clicking these ads exposes your computer to risk of infection.
As with regular adware, Rapid Media Converter tracks and collects various Internet browsing-related Information. Software and hardware details including IP addresses, search queries, websites visited, and pages viewed are recorded - these may contain personally identifiable information.
Therefore, the presence of Rapid Media Converter on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. There are hundreds of applications with similar behavior to Rapid Media Converter including, for example, ZoomApp, PayYou, and CasinoRewards.
It is claimed that this adware will enhance the Internet browsing experience, however, none provide any significant value. Rapid Media Converter, and other adware-type apps, are developed to generate revenue by the display of ads and sharing collected information with third parties. You are strongly advised to uninstall Rapid Media Converter from your system immediately.
Today, most adware-type applications (including Rapid Media Converter) are distributed via small programs called 'download managers' (also called 'installers', 'download clients', etc.) on freeware download websites such as softonic.com, soft32.com, download.com, and many others.
Download managers are used by these websites' as free services and traffic monetization tools, since they offer installation of third party apps together with the chosen software. Although these apps are described as '100% legitimate and virus-free', most are adware or malware.
To avoid these computer infections, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure and ensure that no additional programs are included.
Furthermore, applications downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any concealed apps listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. The following removal guide will help you to remove Rapid Media Converter adware from your system.
Rapid Media Converter adware installer set-up:
Deceptive free software installers used in Rapid Media Converter adware distribution:
Rapid Media Converter adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ad by Rapid Media Converter'):
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- What is Rapid Media Converter?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Rapid Media Converter application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Rapid Media Converter adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Rapid Media Converter ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Rapid Media Converter' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Rapid Media Converter ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Rapid Media Converter adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Rapid Media Converter v1.0", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Rapid Media Converter ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Rapid Media Converter adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Rapid Media Converter did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the rapid media converter adware, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the rapid media converter adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with rapid media converter adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the rapid media converter adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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