How to remove Rapid Downloader
What is Rapid Downloader:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
Rapid Downloader has been classified as a dangerous adware and a PUP by the majority of the security researchers on the Net, as well as our seuciryt researchers have classified it as a very credible and dangerous threat. After running some elaborate tests our security team warned us that the most annoying Rapid Downloader Ads are caused by a malicious browser extension and although the Rapid Downloader pretends to provides many useful features, our security experts concluded that the Rapid Downloader is just the next ad-supported malicious program, usually distributed using various dangerous software bundles, that could cause a lot of confusion among the regular users, because they are installed in silent or stealth mode away from the eyes of the regular users! The victims don’t know how did they’ve got the Rapid Downloader on their computer!? These questionable software bundles could distribute even more dangerous stuff like modified installers, bad toolbars, rogue anti-virus products or even crypto viruses. You should be very careful, because Rapid Downloader uses the stealth or silent installation mode to get on your computer and to start annoying you by showing lots of intrusive ads on almost all web pages you visit or to collects various private browsing data as well as other sensitive information. Furthermore, our security researchers warned us that this dangerous malware infection is related to the Serpens Ads, which is also a very dangerous malware. If you have Rapid Downloader installed on your computer, it is very likely that it fills your screen with unwanted & very annoying ads, banners pop-up windows or other 3rd party advertisements. Rapid Downloader has been classified as a PUP by the majority of the security experts on the Internet, mainly because of the distribution method it uses – “software bundling” and because of its suspicious behavior on the user’s computer. Rapid Downloader uses a malicious browser extension, that is capable of injecting ads into almost every webpage you visit, which could lead to modifying the web page design and content – especially regarding the search results by the major web search engines! Once installed, the Rapid Downloader quickly modifies windows registry database and browser’s settings, making the recovery even harder. If you start getting various web ads, claiming that they are – “By Rapid Downloader”, “Ads by Rapid Downloader”, “Rapid Downloader Ads”, “Powered by Rapid Downloader”, “Brought by Rapid Downloader” or “Brought to you by Rapid Downloader” – you should consider your computer infected. Rapid Downloader appears to work with all the well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Generally, users that have it installed on their systems might experience various pop-up or pop-under ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, link advertisements or other commercials, displayed on popular web pages. The victim should consider, that the search results are compromised as well, most likely overloaded with spam and other third-party advertising.
Rapid Downloader is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation of that software bundle. The possible distribution of Rapid Downloader varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for ALL users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic Rapid Downloader Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Rapid Downloader and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers unlimited scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or to purchase a subscription, which will allow you to perform an automatic removal and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Manual Rapid Downloader Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove Rapid Downloader Adware/PUP manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Rapid Downloader Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to Rapid Downloader, Serpens Ads, DNS Unlocker, Magical Find, iReview, YoutubeAdBlocker, Space Sound Pro, RoyalAds Policy, 1ClickDownload, Yontoo, FBPhotoZoom, Mac Free Converter, DP1815, Youtube Downloader HD, DVDX Player 3.2, Easy Media Converter, SafeSaver, Convert Files for Free, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, Feven Pro 1.1, Couponpueke, Savings Bull, HD-Plus 3.5, LyricsBuddy-1 or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, search for suspicious software programs, installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove Rapid Downloader from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the bottom-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Delete any folders or files related to Rapid Downloader by checking the following locations: