What is Rapid V3 Ransomware
Rapid V3 Ransomware (a.k.a Rapid 3.0 Ransomware) is new iteration of notorious Rapid Ransomware. This version uses AES encryption algorithm and can append following extensions to user files: .guesswho, .mouse, .GILLETTE, .no_more_ransom, .nano, .ezymn, .rpd, .[5-random-characters]. Currently, there is no decryptor with confirmed working capacity for Rapid V3 Ransomware. However, using backups, recovery software or other pieces of advice from this page can help you recover encoded files. Virus uses the same template for ransom note. It is called DECRYPT.[5-random-characters].txt, but now with updated message. Since April 2019, extended activity of Rapid Ransomware with .guesswho extension was spotted. It uses another name of ransom note file: How Recovery Files.txt. The content is also different:
[ RAPID RANSOMWARE V3 ] Hello, dear friend!
All your files have been ENCRYPTED
The only way to decrypt your files is to receive the private key and decryption program.
To get the key and decryption program see instruction below:
1. Download Tor browser - https://www.torproject.org/
2. Install Tor browser
3. Run Tor Browser
4. In the Tor Browser open website: http://vgon3ggilr4vu32q.onion/?id=BTC
Note! This page available via Tor Browser only!
5. Follow the instruction at this website
On our page you can see all instruction how to decrypt your system and decrypt for free 1 file!
Do not try to decrypt your data using third-party software, it may cause permanent data loss.
All your files have been ENCRYPTED
1. You write to us with your ID.
2. You buy Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency.
3. Pay us on the wallet.
4. Get the decryptor for all your files.
Before payment you can send us 1 test file.
You'll see that we can do it.
Where to buy bitcoin:
and tell us your unique ID - ID-5QB*****
Hello, dear friend!
All your files have been ENCRYPTED
Do you really want to restore your files?
Write to our email - email@example.com
and tell us your unique ID - ID-***********
Rapid V3 Ransomware extorts 0,7 BitCoins (BTC) for recovering files from decryption. Users can contact developers using e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, which is a reference to and mockery of a famous security researcher from Bleeping Computer forum, who has nickname “demonslay335”. There is information about the victims from the following countries: USA, Iran, Germany, Japan, Benin, South Korea, Indonesia, Spain, Malaysia, India. It is a bad idea to pay the ransom to malefactors, and we recommend you to remove Rapid V3 Ransomware and attempt to decrypt .no_more_ransom, .guesswho or .mouse files. Otherwise, preserve data for possible decryption in the future.
How Rapid V3 Ransomware infected your PC
Rapid V3 Ransomware uses spam mailing with malicious .docx attachments. Example of e-mail subject: Please Note – IRS Urgent Message-164. Such attachments have malicious macros, that runs when the user opens the file. This macros downloads executable from the remote server, that, in its turn, starts the encryption process. After encryption, the shadow copies of the files are deleted by the command:
vssadmin.exe vssadmin delete shadows /all /quiet
Virus assigns certain ID with the victims, that is used to name those files and supposedly to send decryption key. In order to prevent infection with this type of threats in future we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Norton Antivirus.
Download Removal Tool
To remove Rapid V3 Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Rapid V3 Ransomware. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.
Alternative Removal Tool
To remove Rapid V3 Ransomware completely, we recommend you to use Norton Antivirus from Symantec. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Rapid V3 Ransomware and prevents future infections by similar viruses.
How to remove Rapid V3 Ransomware manually
It is not recommended to remove Rapid V3 Ransomware manually, for safer solution use Removal Tools instead.
Rapid V3 Ransomware files:
!!! README !!!.txt
! How Recovery Files.txt
Rapid V3 Ransomware registry keys:
How to decrypt and restore .no_more_ransom, .guesswho or .mouse files
If you are from Russia, then report it to the extortionists. They will possibly decrypt your files for free! In other cases, please contact Michael Gillespie (a.k.a Demonslay335) via PM on BleepingComputer forum. He has experimental decryption tool, that may help you to decrypt your data. But beforehand, we recommend you to try the instructions below. There is no purpose to pay the ransom because there is no guarantee you will receive the key, but you will put your bank credentials at risk.
If you are infected with Rapid V3 Ransomware and removed it from your computer you can try to decrypt your files. Antivirus vendors and individuals create free decryptors for some crypto-lockers. To attempt to decrypt them manually you can do the following:
Use Stellar Data Recovery Professional to restore .no_more_ransom, .guesswho or .mouse files
- Download Stellar Data Recovery Professional.
- Click Recover Data button.
- Select type of files you want to restore and click Next button.
- Choose location where you would like to restore files from and click Scan button.
- Preview found files, choose ones you will restore and click Recover.
Using Windows Previous Versions option:
- Right-click on infected file and choose Properties.
- Select Previous Versions tab.
- Choose particular version of the file and click Copy.
- To restore the selected file and replace the existing one, click on the Restore button.
- In case there is no items in the list choose alternative method.
Using Shadow Explorer:
- Download Shadow Explorer program.
- Run it and you will see screen listing of all the drives and the dates that shadow copy was created.
- Select the drive and date that you want to restore from.
- Right-click on a folder name and select Export.
- In case there are no other dates in the list, choose alternative method.
If you are using Dropbox:
- Login to the DropBox website and go to the folder that contains encrypted files.
- Right-click on the encrypted file and select Previous Versions.
- Select the version of the file you wish to restore and click on the Restore button.
How to protect computer from viruses like Rapid V3 Ransomware in future
1. Get special anti-ransomware software
Use ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware
Famous antivirus vendor BitDefender released free tool, that will help you with active anti-ransomware protection, as an additional shield to your current protection. It will not conflict with bigger security applications. If you are searching complete internet security solution consider upgrading to full version of BitDefender Internet Security 2018.
2. Back up your files
Regardless of the success of protection against ransomware threats, you can save your files using simple online backup. Cloud services are quite fast and cheap nowadays. There is more sense using online backup, than creating physical drives, that can get infected and encrypted when connected to PC or get damaged from dropping or hitting. Windows 10 and 8/8.1 users can find pre-installed OneDrive backup solution from Microsoft. It is actually one of the best backup services on the market and has reasonable pricing plans. Users of earlier versions can get acquainted with it here. Make sure to backup and sync most important files and folders in OneDrive.
3. Do not open spam e-mails and protect your mailbox
Malicious attachments to spam or phishing e-mails are the most popular method of ransomware distribution. Using spam filters and creating anti-spam rules is good practice. One of the world leaders in anti-spam protection is MailWasher Pro. It works with various desktop applications and provides a very high level of anti-spam protection.