RapidReader (also searched for as RapidReader virus or Rapid Reader) is an adware type potentially unwanted program, or PUP, in the Vitruvian family of adware programs that is primarily used to inject the webpages you visit with pop-up and in-text advertisements. Ads displayed by this adware will usually contain text that says something like Ads by RapidReader or brought by RapidReader on them and they can be served by the adware across multiple internet browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Safari.


What is RapidReader?

RapidReader adware is typically promoted by third-party download managers, software bundlers, and websites as a free utility where you can highlight text on a webpage and the application will display the definition and related webpages.

RapidReader displays ‘targeted’ style pop-up and underlined in-text advertisements. This means that the adware will manufacture advertisements based off of your personal browsing data, such as your browser bookmarks, browser history, and the things you search for online. In order to generate targeted ads it will gain access to this type of information.

RapidReader adware is not technically defined as a computer virus but this adware is still a threat to your privacy and can be the sign of a severe malware infection. The internet security community strongly recommends that you remove RapidReader if you find it installed on your machine or attached to your internet browser as a browser add-on or extension and use reputable Antivirus or Anti-Malware software to eradicate any existing malicious files.

RapidReader and programs like it are usually contracted without knowledge. RapidReader is often bundled inside third-party software downloaders and bundlers. It may arrive on a computer system once other programs have been introduced to the machine. Software that RapidReader adware may bundle with includes freeware, shareware, and dubious torrent files.

  • RapidReader typically bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and malware.
  • RapidReader is often promoted by or introduced to a computer through third-party freeware installers, download managers, and dubious torrent files.
  • RapidReader injects visited webpages with pop-up and in-text advertisements.
  • RapidReader changes existing Windows and internet browser settings and schedules new tasks allowing the adware to run every time Windows starts.
  • RapidReader and browser extensions associated with it have permission to read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • RapidReader and browser extensions associated with it can communicate with cooperating websites and applications.

This is a comprehensive RapidReader removal guide to help you remove “RapidReader virus” from your PC and get rid of ads by RapidReader. Follow the instructions on this page to get rid of this adware and other potential threats that may have been introduced to your computer.


How to remove RapidReader (Virus Removal Guide)


How to uninstall RapidReader


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

2. Click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove program) in the Programs section.

3. Search for RapidReader in the list of installed programs and select it with your mouse, then click Uninstall. You can also double click RapidReader to uninstall it.

[note align=”left”]If you do not find RapidReader in your list of installed program but still experience ads by RapidReader when you browse the web you may need to uninstall additional third-party programs from your computer and remove browser attachments from each installed internet browser.[/note]

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the RapidReader extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the RapidReader add-on and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for the RapidReader extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

How to remove RapidReader with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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2. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software once it has finished installing.

3. Make sure that Malwarebytes has been updated. To ensure it is updated click Update Now on the Dashboard.

Malwarebytes scan for RapidReader

4. Click the large Scan Now button on the dashboard to perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

5. When the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and then click the Finish button or restart your computer if Malwarebytes suggests that you do so.

RapidReader removal tips

  • If you do not find RapidReader in your list of installed programs or browser attachments you may need to uninstall additional programs and remove additional browser add-ons and extensions. Additional programs and browser attachments may include suspicious titles that might have been contracted around the same time or after the initial infection. If you do not recognize a browser extension – remove it!
  • If you are still having issues removing RapidReader you should use a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro 3. HitmanPro 3 is the best second opinion scan and removal tool. It can be used to locate and remove remaining threats.

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