The homepage in Internet Explorer is changed to W1.rapidlod.com and you are always redirected to other unwanted websites? What’s wrong with the browser? You can be sure that the thing that occupies your homepage is a browser hijacker. And antivirus software seems to be unable to delete it. How can we get rid of it without damaging the system?
W1.rapidlod.com may look like a common domain in the Internet for many computer users. But it is reported to be an unfriendly site, which is called a browser hijacker. We found that sites like the one we focus on here are sometimes used by the developers to make money. Therefore, W1.rapidlod.com becomes an annoying problem. Everyone should know the special domain has the ability to help its developers to collect your browsing history. In other words, surfing environment in the infected browser is unstable and your personal information may be exposed to others. Considering the risk, everyone should try to get rid of it as soon as possible!
You may not know when the W1.rapidlod.com browser hijacker gets into your computer. But you will notice it immediately when its installation completes. It will not only change you best-loved homepage, but also will redirect you to other hacked websites or links when you surf the web. Due to the incessant pop ups caused by the hijacker, you cannot view the correct content you want to view. What is worse, you will face the risk of letting other infections from the Internet sneak into the computer because the probability of accessing dangerous resources is increase with the hijacker in the computer. As mentioned above, W1.rapidlod.com will help its developers to collect your personal information and data in order to benefit the developers. It is not a wise choice to allow it to stay in your computer for a long time
1. It is able to become the startup page of your web browser via modifying browser settings. No matter which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera), you can see the browser is occupied by it completely.
2. It may also install plug-ins, extensions and toolbars in the browser so as to record your search history as well as cookies.
3. You need to wait for a long time when visiting websites because the browser always gets stuck and is slow in reaction.
4. This annoying redirect may also result in unstable Internet connection and system freezes frequently.
5. You are forced to receive many advertisement windows when the computer is connected to the Internet.
Here are some basic steps on how to get rid of W1.rapidlod.com. But because the hijacker may be variable, you may not be able to find some of the files listed below. In addition, the manual removal is just to give you a general idea. That is why removing the hijacker needs professional knowledge. Any errors may result in unpredictable damages. Therefore, backing up important files and programs is necessary.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(3). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of W1.rapidlod.com
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end W1.rapidlod.com’s processes
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on Folder Options
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
*For Win 8 Users:
Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to W1.rapidlod.com through Registry Editor
Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”
It is a common case that computer is still vulnerable to certain unsafe things even with an antivirus program installed. The developers of W1.rapidlod.com benefit from the computer user’s information and data through the use of the hijacker. The specially-designed thing can bypass most antivirus programs to sneak into the computer and then bring a lot of troubles until the computer user remove it. By sticking to your web browser including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, it has the ability to change your homepage and show up many pop-up ads. It also will help the developers collect your valuable information until it is completely removed. When W1.rapidlod.com stays long enough, other browsers will be affected one by one. Hence, we should get rid of it as soon as possible.
The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.
Published by & last updated on July 31, 2014 7:30 am