How to remove Rapid Media Converter (Virus Removal Guide)

Rapid Media Converter (also known as Rapid Media Converter virus, RapidMediaConverter) is an ad-supported potentially unwanted program (PUP) that is usually promoted alongside other unwanted programs and freeware.

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What is Rapid Media Converter?

Rapid Media Converter is promoted as a free media converter that can convert image and media files, including MP4, MPEG, AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, MOV, and MKV. The program is a free and easy to use media converter: However, the internet security community has flagged this program for performing tasks that users may find undesirable.

Rapid Media Converter serves ‘targeted’ advertisements to users while they browse the internet. This is a privacy concern because targeted advertisements can only be produced by the adware if it has access to user browsing data, such as  all browsing activities, bookmarks, app data, and browser history. This information is observed and used to generate advertisements it feels users are most likely to click on.

Furthermore, Rapid Media Converter bundles with additional unwanted programs, malware, and other possible malicious threats. This means that it might be necessary to uninstall multiple programs from Windows and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Many of these programs can not easily be found on a computer system without third-party security software.

Third-party programs and malware that can bundle with Rapid Media Converter adware will cause other issues aside from pop-up advertisements. Other issues include unwanted browser redirections to sponsored webpages, like Jogostempo.com, corrupted computer productivity, and decreased internet speed.

Rapid Media Converter adware and the additional programs that it bundles with also manufacture new tasks and change existing Windows start-up settings in order to run every time the operating system starts and remain enabled if disabled by the user. Programs and browser attachments that may arrive with this deceptive piece of adware can also cause other issues for computer and internet users aside from pop-up advertisements, including browser redirections and a loss in computer functionality and internet connectivity. Furthermore, if Rapid Media Converter is manually removed, it is possibly that the adware or another one in its place will return before a week has passed.

How did Rapid Media Converter get on my computer?

Rapid Media Converter can be contracted with or without user consent. It is usually packed inside the installers and download managers for third-party programs. Computer and internet users who seek to download and install free programs and files online may be presented with an opportunity to accept or decline a ‘custom’ offer to install Rapid Media Converter adware and other programs during the setup and installation process. However, the request to decline Rapid Media Converter adware from installing is often presented in a very confusing manner. In some cases, the download manager may completely ignore the user request to decline Rapid Media Converter from installing and the adware will install against user consent and knowledge.

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  • Rapid Media Converter bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and possible malware.
  • Rapid Media Converter can arrive on a computer system packed inside installers and downloaders from websites such as download.com, Softonic, and others.
  • Rapid Media Converter injects visited webpages with pop-up, pop-under, in-text, and in-image advertisements.
  • Rapid Media Converter makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings and schedules new tasks allowing it to run every time Windows starts and to check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program has previously been disabled it will enable itself to run.

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How to remove Rapid Media Converter (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove Rapid Media Converter extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Rapid Media Converter extension in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for the Rapid Media Converter add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Apple Safari

1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Find the Rapid Media Converter extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 2: Uninstall Rapid Media Converter from Windows

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for Rapid Media Converter and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

Step 3: Remove Rapid Media Converter virus with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. When the malware scan is complete you will notice a list of potentially malicious files. Click the Remove Selected button, then click Finish, and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Open the program and go to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. After files and have been analyzed, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues. When the scan is complete click Fix selected issues… and then click the Fix All Selected Issues button.

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4. Go to to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, all the way to Context Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click  Delete once anything suspicious is found to remove it.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Rapid Media Converter malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.