I wrote this article to help you remove .725 Ransomware. This .725 Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
Today`s article is about a new piece of ransomware infection called .725 Ransomware. Now, you have heard the statement about ransomware being the most dangerous cyber parasite. And it is true. This malware family is dreaded. Its reputation is well deserved too. Why? Because ransomware strains have only one goal – your money. Money is why these infections get created. And crooks continue on developing more and more pieces every day because the industry has proven itself quite lucrative. Let us get one thing clear. The .725 Ransomware will not steal your money. It will make you give it voluntarily by taking something of yours. Very clever technique. You will be thinking that you are making a reasonable deal. Don’t rush into conclusions. Read this article first and then make an informed decision.
This something that .725 Ransomware takes away are your files. The pest enters your machine and then encrypts every bit of data that you have on board. Nothing is beyond its reach. You probably have some very important information stored on your PC. Now, it is locked. The parasite uses a strong encryption cipher to lock your pictures, videos, music, files, documents, etc. Everything becomes inaccessible to you. The ransomware also alters the names of the encrypted files. It changes them with random characters and appends the “.725” extension. All of your files look the same. You don’t even know which is which and you cannot open any of them to see. Then, once the file-locking process is over, the pest drops a note for you stating that if you want your data back you have to pay a ransom. If you do, the crooks will send you a decryption tool. Allegedly, though! Allegedly! We cannot stress that enough.
The hackers promise to give you the key, but they usually don’t. Once they get your money, they disappear. They have gotten what they wanted and your files are their last concern. Do not pay them. There is no guarantee that you will get what you paid for. One thing is sure, though. Each cent that you give them, they will use for creating more malware. Do you want to sponsor their “business”? Do you want to help them expand? We don’t think so. You cannot win this game by complying with their demands, so do not try. What you need to do is remove the ransomware from your machine. That your number one priority. As long as it stays, you cannot decrypt your data safely (not even with the special key) as it is in danger of getting relocked. Use our removal guide below and remove the .725 Ransomware for good. Then, use the guide again and try to recover your files in a safe manner.
How did you get infected with this ransomware? Hackers use tricky tactics to spread ransomware infections. Here are the most popular ones but bear in mind that crooks are becoming more and more creative so there might be others as well. For starters, spam emails that are disguised to look legitimate and helpful. Second, malicious advertisements which redirect you to shady pages full of infections. From there, a single click is all it takes for you to download ransomware. Third, Trojan horses. Trojans often serve as a backdoor to ransomware so you may want to check your PC. The .725 Ransomware may not be your only “guest”. And fourth, illegitimate torrents, compromised pages and links, fake program updates, etc. Always be on the alert which pages you visit and what you click on. Hackers pray for your distraction. Don’t grant it. Don’t make their job easier.
.725 Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, .725 Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since .725 Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: