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.725 File Virus SOLVED – Remove and Decrypt Data (August 2017)

This article aims to assist you by showing how to remove .725 File Virus ransomware from your computer completely and how to restore .725 encrypted files.

A very dangerous ransomware infection has appeared online, going by the name .725 File Virus. The virus aims to first infect your computer while it remains obfuscated and second to cause immense temporary damage to your files by scrambling them with an encryption cipher. This cipher results in the files becoming no longer openable. The .725 File Virus virus then demands victims to pay a hefty ransom fee in order to get the files restored back into working state. If your computer has become a victim of the .725 File Virus ransomware we strongly suggest that you read the following article.

Threat Summary

Name .725 File Virus
Type Ransomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Encrypts the files on your infected computer and then demands that you pay a hefty ransom fee in order to restore files that have been encrypted.
Symptoms The computer may display the ransom note of the virus and all of the important documents, audio files and other data become no longer openable with an added .725 file extension.
Distribution Method Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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.725 File Virus – Distribution Methods

For the .725 File Virus ransomware virus to be spread, the creators may send malicious files posing as legitimate e-mail attachments. These e-mail attachments may be of the following file types:

→ .docx, .exe, .js, .wsf, .hta, .vbs, .htm

While each of the files besides .docx Word documents causes infection when opened, the .docx files cause an infection when the victim has already opened the file and activated it’s content, by clicking on “Enable Content” in a yellow bar which appears on top of the document. The infection process of this particular virus has been reported to be spread via .vbs files by malware researchers at malware-traffic-analysis.net:

Source: Malware-Traffic-Analysis

In addition to this, the .725 File Virus ransomware can also pose as other types of programs, such as:

  • Fake setups of software.
  • License activators for software.
  • Game cracks, keygens and others.

.725 File Virus – More Information

After the infection has occurred, the .725 File Virus ransomware may attack multiple different aspects of Windows. It begins with inserting malicious processes within the Windows operating system. They grant this ransomware virus administrative permissions, meaning that it can perform read and write functions on your computer.

After this has been done, the .725 File Virus ransomware may delete the shadow volume copies on the infected computer. This is achieved by entering the following command:

→ vssadmin delete shadows /for={DrivePartition} /oldest | /all | /shadow={Identification of the shadow copies}] /quiet

This type of command may ensure that your backups are deleted and you cannot restore your files via this method. In addition to this, the .725 File Virus virus may also modify the Windows Registry Editor, meaning that it may add registry value strings in the following keys to run everytime you start Windows:

→ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

.725 File Virus – Encryption Process

For the encryption process, the .725 File Virus ransomware virus targets the following types of files to encipher:

→ “PNG .PSD .PSPIMAGE .TGA .THM .TIF .TIFF .YUV .AI .EPS .PS .SVG .INDD .PCT .PDF .XLR .XLS .XLSX .ACCDB .DB .DBF .MDB .PDB .SQL .APK .APP .BAT .CGI .COM .EXE .GADGET .JAR .PIF .WSF .DEM .GAM .NES .ROM .SAV CAD Files .DWG .DXF GIS Files .GPX .KML .KMZ .ASP .ASPX .CER .CFM .CSR .CSS .HTM .HTML .JS .JSP .PHP .RSS .XHTML. DOC .DOCX .LOG .MSG .ODT .PAGES .RTF .TEX .TXT .WPD .WPS .CSV .DAT .GED .KEY .KEYCHAIN .PPS .PPT .PPTX ..INI .PRF Encoded Files .HQX .MIM .UUE .7Z .CBR .DEB .GZ .PKG .RAR .RPM .SITX .TAR.GZ .ZIP .ZIPX .BIN .CUE .DMG .ISO .MDF .TOAST .VCD SDF .TAR .TAX2014 .TAX2015 .VCF .XML Audio Files .AIF .IFF .M3U .M4A .MID .MP3 .MPA .WAV .WMA Video Files .3G2 .3GP .ASF .AVI .FLV .M4V .MOV .MP4 .MPG .RM .SRT .SWF .VOB .WMV 3D .3DM .3DS .MAX .OBJ R.BMP .DDS .GIF .JPG ..CRX .PLUGIN .FNT .FON .OTF .TTF .CAB .CPL .CUR .DESKTHEMEPACK .DLL .DMP .DRV .ICNS .ICO .LNK .SYS .CFG”Source:fileinfo.com

After the files are encrypted, they become no longer able to be opened and the user is demanded a hefty ransom fee in order to restore them back to their working state. The sum must be paid in a deadline, otherwise the cyber-criminals threaten to destroy decryption possibility permanently. They have the .725 file extension, making them appear like the following:

The virus also makes sure the victims see it’s ransom note, named RECOVER-FILES.HTML which has the following message to victims:

Your files are Encrypted!

For data recovery needs decryptor.

If you want to buy a decryptor, click the button

Yes, I want to buy

Free decryption as guarantee.
Before paying you can send us 1 file for free decryption.

To send a message or file use this link.
( If you send a file for free decryption, also send file RECOVER-FILES.HTML )

And finally, if you can not contact, follow these two steps:
1. Install the TOR Browser from this link:

Then open this link in the TOR browser:

The web link advertised for the virus, leads to a web page that opens what appears to be another ransom screen with further instructions how to pay approximately 0.18 BTC as a ransom payoff.

Remove .725 File Virus Ransomware and Restore Your Data

If you want to remove the .725 File Virus threat, we strongly advise you to focus on isolating the virus if you are going to do a manual deletion from the instructions below. However, since the .725 File Virus ransomware may tamper with multiple different types of Windows files, which may break your Windows if you remove the files. This is why, security experts strongly recommend to follow the automatic removal instructions and download an advanced anti-malware program which will ensure safe removal of the .725 File Virus virus.

If you want to restore files that have been encrypted by this ransomware virus, we strongly suggest that you follow the alternative instructions after this article. They are specifically designed to help you into restoring as many files as you can, even though they are not 100% effective. The methods are located in step “2. Restore files encrypted by .725 File Virus”.

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Windows Mac OS X

How to Remove .725 File Virus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove .725 File Virus

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall .725 File Virus and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by .725 File Virus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by .725 File Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

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Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
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Step 4: Scan for .725 File Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .725 File Virus.

Ransomware infections and .725 File Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


Windows Mac OS X

Get rid of .725 File Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall .725 File Virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to .725 File Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to .725 File Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to .725 File Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove .725 File Virus via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as .725 File Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


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Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by .725 File Virus.

Ransomware infections and .725 File Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.

1. Download the reccomended Data Recovery software by clicking on the link underneath:

Simply click on the link and on the website menus on top, choose Data Recovery - Data Recovery Wizard for Windows or Mac (depending on your OS), and then download and run the tool.


.725 File Virus FAQ

What is .725 File Virus ransomware and how does it work?

.725 File Virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files.

Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.

How does .725 File Virus ransomware infect my computer?

Via several ways..725 File Virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment.

This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users.

After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.

Another way, you may become a victim of .725 File Virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.

How to open ..725 File Virus files?

You can't. At this point the ..725 File Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.

Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?

Do not panic and backup the files. If a decryptor did not decrypt your ..725 File Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.

One way to restore files, encrypted by .725 File Virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.

How Do I restore "..725 File Virus" files (Other Methods)?

Yes, sometimes files can be restored. We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ..725 File Virus files.

These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.

How do I get rid of .725 File Virus ransomware virus?

The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate .725 File Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ..725 File Virus files.

Also, keep in mind that viruses like .725 File Virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.

What to Do If nothing works?

There is still a lot you can do. If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:

  • Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
  • Try to contact your friends, relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
  • Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re-downloaded from the web.
  • Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
  • You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.

More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.

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