Remove Chekyshka Ransomware (+File Recovery) August 2019 Update

The encrypted files may not be the only damage done to you. parasite may still be hiding on your PC. To determine whether you've been infected with ransomware, we recommend downloading SpyHunter.

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This page aims to help you remove Chekyshka Ransomware for free. Our instructions also cover how any .chekyshka file can be recovered.

Chekyshka Ransomware removal guide

The Chekyshka Ransomware will start encrypting your files as soon as it infects you computer.

Once the encryption has finished you will find a !!!CHEKYSHKA_DECRYPT_README.txt file with the instructions for paying the ransom.

Chekyshka Ransomware Removal guide

The instructions which Chekyshka Ransomware leaves for you to follow.

The Ransomware cryptoviruses are famous for their covert methods of operation and for their lack of symptoms. This makes them some of the most effective forms of malware that you can encounter and, unsurprisingly, the number of users who have their computer infected by such malware is always uncomfortably high. Throughout the past decade, the hackers behind the Ransomware infections such as .Litar and .Docm have really stepped up their game and have managed to infect millions of computers all over the world, extorting huge amounts of money from their victims. And, in the recent months, the number of Ransomware cryptovirus infections has increased dramatically. Each day several new viruses of this category get made and get released on the Internet to seek their latest victims. Chekyshka Ransomware is one such malware program of the cryptovirus category with the ability to encrypt the data of its victims and then threaten to destroy the decryption key – supposedly the only thing that can unlock the data – if the users do no comply with the demands of the hackers behind this infection. Of course, what those demands comprise is the payment of a ransom. Depending on who or what the victim is, the amount of money that is demanded may vary from several hundreds to several thousands of dollars (usually requested in BitCoin). For instance, if you are a regular user, you may be asked to pay couple of hundreds of dollars but if you are the head of a big company or some other organization with lots of resources, you will likely be blackmailed to pay much more. Some of the most aggressive Ransomware threats have even been report to attack the networks of schools, hospitals and governments, and since the data kept on the computers of these networks is so important and critical, more often than not, a payment is made to appease the criminal hackers. However, paying the ransom is not something that we would recommend if you are currently being blackmailed by Chekyshka and here’s why:

Why paying the ransom can have very unpleasant consequences

In fact, the reason why we advise against the payment is rather simple, and that reason is the fact that you may simply spend the money without getting your files restored. Remember that the hackers aren’t concerned with whether or not you actually regain the access to your files. All they are after is the money they want from you, and, as soon as they receive it, there’s nothing stopping them from vanishing without sending you a decryption key. And, in case this is what happens, there is nothing you can do to trace them and/or bring them to justice.

 Sadly, although there is an alternative solution, it also doesn’t guarantee that everything will be back to normal with your files. Still, what we would advise you to do instead of paying the ransom is to remove the malware with the help of the Chekyshka Ransomware removal guide below and then try the data-recovery methods we have suggested in our site as an alternative means of bringing back your data. 


Name Chekyshka
Type Ransomware
Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter)
Symptoms The cryptovirus would require some HDD storage space during the encryption – if you notice a decrease in the free hard-disk space without a visible reason, be sure to check your system for Ransomware.
Distribution Method Misleading online ads and prompts, clickbait buttons, pirated games, gambling sites, etc.
Data Recovery Tool Currently Unavailable
Detection Tool

Remove Chekyshka Ransomware


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

  • Please note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press EnterOnce inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. 

Search for the ransomware  in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful –  you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware.

Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field:

  1. %AppData%
  2. %LocalAppData%
  3. %ProgramData%
  4. %WinDir%
  5. %Temp%

Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!


How to Decrypt Chekyshka files

We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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