If you have already been greeted by the .725 Virus Ransomware ransom message, we don’t need to tell you how shocking of an experience this could be. Being attacked by this Ransomware means, that most probably all of your valuable and most frequently used files such as documents, work files, images, videos and everything dear that you keep inside your PC has been encrypted with a very complex algorithm. You are not able to access any of them and every attempt to open or use them with any program simply ends with an error message. On top of that, the hackers, who control the threat, are now probably blackmailing you to pay for a decryption key and threaten that you will never be able to use your encrypted data again if you don’t fulfill all of their ransom demands within a short deadline. What should you do? Should you pay? Is there another way to deal with this nasty Ransomware infection? Well, we recommend you read the information that follows in order to gain a better understanding of the issues that .725 Virus Ransomware have created and all the possible variants to combat them. At the end of the article, you can also find a detailed guide with some Ransomware removal and file restoration instructions, which we hope will be useful for you.
How does Ransomware work?
Ransomware viruses like .725 Virus Ransomware usually scan your system for certain file types (documents, images, videos, music, system files, etc.) and after that, they secretly begin to apply a very complex encryption to those files one by one. These encrypted files are then made inaccessible with any program and their file extension is often changed with some unfamiliar one, which no software can recognize. Unfortunately, in most of the cases, this process goes fully uninterrupted, because most security software doesn’t detect the file encryption as malicious. Generally, file encryption is one of the safest data protection methods, which does not corrupt or destroy anything, bug simply prevents anyone who doesn’t have the right decryption key from accessing the files. In the case of .725 Virus Ransomware, however, the encryption is used for a very dirty blackmail scheme. The only way to access the encrypted files is with a special decryption code, but that code is kept with the hackers, who control the Ransomware. The moment all the files are encrypted, they offer you to purchase it for a certain amount of money, payable as ransom. If you don’t do that within the given short deadline, they usually destroy the key and leave you with no option to recover your data.
What are your chances of recovering from a Ransomware attack?
There are basically two ways of dealing wih .725 Virus Ransomware – paying the crooks and hoping for their mercy or removing the infection and recovering your files from backups. None of these two options can guarantee you complete recovery, because in the first case you can’t really trust the hackers that they will really send you the decryption key, while in the second case you may not have backups of all of your files. However, we recommend you not to sponsor the Ransomware and its creators. Check out the removal guide below – it contains instructions on how to delete .725 Virus Ransomware from your system. After you clean the PC, you can use any backups you have or try the file restoration instructions in the guide to get some of your data back. Note that even if the instructions don’t work in your case, there are still some other options that may be worth the try, like specialized decryptor tools or assistance from an experienced professional. We encourage you to try all the possible alternatives and avoid paying the ransom as much as possible because except making the hackers richer, you may not get the desired salvation from the malicious encryption.
How do you make sure you never get infected by Ransomware again?
Sadly, nobody can be completely protected from this type of malware, especially nowadays, where newer and more sophisticated infections like .725 Virus Ransomware come up with even more tricky infection abilities. The hackers try to use various methods to spread their malware – mass spam campaigns, misleading links, infected attachments, compromised installers, fake ads, pop-ups and illegal website are just some of them. However, just a bit of common sense can greatly reduce the chance of catching such an infection. Be more careful when interacting with web content, stick only to sources that you trust, don’t open attachments or emails from people you don’t know and use only reputed sites when it comes down to the software you install on your computer. Last but not least, make sure you backup all of your important information regularly so you can always recover it in a case of Ransomware attack.
.725 Virus Ransomware Removal
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1: Using Safe Mode
Before beginning to troubleshoot the issue, you are advised to enter Safe Mode on your PC. If you do not know how to do that, use this guide on how to enter Safe Mode.
2: Spotting the process
Open your Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Next, go to the processes tab and carefully look through the list for any shady entries. Usually, malicious processes will be consuming large amounts of CPU and RAM and will either have no description or will have a suspicious-looking one.
Once you identify the virus’ process, right-click on it and select Open File Location. Delete everything in the folder that opens if you are sure that the process was malicious. If you are not sure, contact us in the comments.
Go back to the Task Manager and end the potentially harmful process.
3: Hosts file IP’s
Go to your start menu and in the search field, paste the following address: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Select the first result and look at the bottom of the newly opened notepad file. See if there are any IP’s below “Localhost” and tell us in the comments if there were any IP addresses.
4: System Configuration Startup Programs
Type System Configuration in the Windows search bar and open the first result. Go to the Startup tab and take a look at the list of startup programs (on Windows 10, the Startup programs can be seen in the Startup Section of the Task Manager). If any of them look shady or have unknown manufacturer or a manufacturer with a sketchy name, uncheck those entries and click on OK.
Open the Run window (WinKey + R), type regedit and press Enter. Once the Registry Editor opens, press Ctrl + F and type the name of the virus. Select Find Next and delete whatever gets found that has the virus’ name. Do that with all search results.
6: Deleting potential virus files
Open the Start Menu and separately type each of the following locations: %AppData% %LocalAppData% %ProgramData% %WinDir% %Temp% . Open each of those folders and sort their contents by date. Delete the most recent files and folders. When you open the Temp folder, delete everything in it.