If you have recently encountered a Ransomware virus named .Rap Virus and if this threat is currently on your computer, then the next article will give you all the information that you might need to be aware of with regards to this nasty cyber threat. If .Rap is indeed currently inside your computer and has been there for some time, then most of your personal data files have most likely already gotten encrypted by this insidious piece of malware since data encryption is the main method such threats use in order to fulfill their purpose. The whole point of locking your files through the use of the encryption method is so that the hackers behind this attack could later blackmail you. They’d use your locked-up files as leverage against you and you’d be harassed into paying a certain amount of money if you would like to make your files accessible again. In fact, you have probably already noticed a rather unpleasant message somewhere on your screen or inside the directories of the sealed files which states that unless you make the requested payment to the hackers, they’d never allow you to restore the access to your data. This is how most Ransomware cryptovirus threats like .Rap function – first they lock your files using their highly-advanced encryption algorithm and then they generate a message on your computer which includes instructions on how to issue the payment in order to regain the access to the encrypted files. Many users actually go for the payment option in hopes that the issue would get quickly resolved and there would no longer be any need to struggle with the Ransomware. However, it is really important that we point out the ransom payment might not always be a viable option due to the chance of simply losing the money that you send without getting the decryption key for your files. There are indeed a lot of users who have had this happen to them. Maybe the hackers never intended to send their victims the decryption key or maybe the contact info provided in the ransom note was outdated and the money you send wasn’t really received by anyone. There could be a number of unexpected issues if you decide to pay which is why here we offer you a possible alternative to the payment option:
We won’t lie to you, this guide is not guaranteed to fix everything. Sure, it could help you remove .Rap from your computer which is an essential step when it comes to dealing with Ransomware cryptoviruses you must know that when it comes to cryptovirus infections like this one, removing the malware doesn’t necessarily equal retrieving your files. In most cases, the encryption would still remain on the files keeping them locked-up. This is why there are extra steps that need to be carried out if you want to actually unlock the data. However, since Ransomware encryption algorithms tend to be extremely advanced nowadays, we can’t promise that you will be able to restore all of your sealed data through the use of our guide. All in all, when it comes to cryptoviruses like .Rap, you should know that there is no surefire method of dealing with them and with their encryptions that could guarantee hundred percent success. Still, if you go for the payment, you’d be also risking your money so be considerate when choosing which option you’d go for.
More information about the Ransomware cryptoviruses
Threats like .Rap are well-known for their stealthiness and for the lack of reliable ways of detecting them on time. This is one of the things that makes such cyber viruses so effective and difficult to counteract. Oftentimes, the only conceivable symptoms you could expect from a Ransomware during the encryption period would be an increase in the amounts of RAM, CPU and HDD that your PC uses and usually nothing else. This is what makes it really tricky to spot a Ransomware the likes of .Rap on time. On top of it all, even a reliable antivirus program might oftentimes fail to intercept a Ransomware invasion due to the specific ways such infections function.
All in all, it’s simply best if you keep your PC secure and never put it under the risk of getting attacked by a Ransomware. Stay away from shady messages and spam, do not download anything that you don’t know if you can trust and avoid interacting with obscure and questionable online content such as fishy-looking ads, weird web offers and obscure online requests. Also, never forget to backup files that you don’t want to lose and keep the copies on safe locations so that even if a Ransomware somehow enters your PC, the hackers won’t be able to blackmail you since you’d still have secure and accessible copies of your most important data files.
|Danger Level||High (.Rap Ransomware encrypts all types of files)|
|Symptoms||Ransomware cryptoviruses are difficult to detect precisely due to the lack of any observable symptoms save for an increase RAM, CPU and HDD storage space use.|
|Distribution Method||Ransomware infections have many methods of distribution such as spam letters and e-mails, fake offers, requests and advertisements, backdoor malware, pirated software and so on.|
Remove .Rap Virus Ransomware
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2: Task Manager
Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to enter the Task Manager. Go to the Tab labeled Processes (Details for Win 8/10). Carefully look through the list of processes that are currently active on you PC.
If any of them seems shady, consumes too much RAM/CPU or has some strange description or no description at all, right-click on it, select Open File Location and delete everything there.
Also, even if you do not delete the files, be sure to stop the process by right-clicking on it and selecting End Process.
3: The Hosts file
Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. Open the hosts file with notepad.
Find where it says Localhost and take a look below that.
If you see any IP addresses there (below Localhost) send them to us here, in the comments since they might be coming from the virus.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
4: Disable Startup programs
Re-open the Start Menu and type msconfig.
Click on the first search result. In the next window, go to the Startup tab. If you are on Win 10, it will send you to the Startup part of the task manager instead, as in the picture:
If you see any sketchy/shady looking entries in the list with an unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer name that looks suspicious , disable those programs and select OK.
5: Registry Editor
Press Windows key + R and in the resulting window type regedit.
Now, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus.
Delete everything that gets found. If you are not sure about whether to delete something, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments. Keep in mind that if you delete the wrong thing, you might cause all sorts of issues to your PC.
6: Deleting potentially malicious data
Type each of the following locations in the Windows search box and hit enter to open the locations:
Delete everything you see in Temp linked to .Rap Ransomware. About the other folders, sort their contents by date and delete only the most recent entries. As always, if you are not sure about something, write to us in the comment section.
The previous steps were all aimed at removing the .Rap Ransomware from your PC. However, in order to regain access to your files, you will also need to decrypt them or restore them. For that, we have a separate article with detailed instructions on what you have to do in order to unlock your data. Here is a link to that guide.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.