Update April 2020. IDP.ALEXA.51 is a detection primarily associated with online games such as “SeaMonkey”, “Plants vs. Zombies” and others. The detected object is reported to originate from .tmp and .exe files located in various Windows folders, such as the %appdata% and %temp%. Despite the false positive reports by researchers, it is usually detected by AVG as malware and reported to be potentially hazardous for affected computers.
|Short Description||The file detected may do various dangerous or unhealthy to the PC activities but may also be a false positive.|
|Symptoms||If malware, the user may witness slow PC, overused CPU and RAM and even system crashes.|
|Distribution Method||Via malicious URLs, unwanted downloads and other.|
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IDP.ALEXA.51 – Update April 2020
According to latest information, it appears that there might be a new version of IDP.ALEXA.51 that appears to have started a massive detection campaign. At this point we do not know whether or not the problem can be detected with Avast, but it appears like a new version of the malware IDP.ALEXA.51.
IDP.ALEXA.51 – Update May 2019
New reports have emerged in regards of the IDP.ALEXA.51 false positive. It seems that users have been having issues when attempting to play certain video games (Attila, Rome II, Warhammer II). The problem continues to be Avast. One user, for example, has shared in a reddit thread that IDP.ALEXA.51 malware was detected by Avast for the launcher.exe in Warhammer II. Another user has been having similar issues with Attila and Rome II.
The same false positive detection has been happening to users of Taskbar Tweaker. “False positives are unfortunately common for new versions of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and for beta versions which are less common,” the creater of the program said.
IDP.ALEXA.51 – 2017 Updates
Update May 2017. Unfortunately, AVG users have continued to report issues with the IDP.ALEXA.51 detection. Users are reporting that every time they start their computers the AVG scan interrupts the startup process, wanting to remove the so-called “Alexa Virus”. Even though the security company said it was working on a fix almost a year ago, in July 2016, their customers are continuously dealing with the nagging detection. To be completely sure that you have not been affected by malware or spyware, proceed to the end of the article where you will find more information on defining and removing the issue.
Update June 2017. During the course of 2017 users are still reporting issues of Avast detecting the supposed IDP.ALEXA.51 infection. As we advised you last month, you should pay close attention to the steps given at the bottom of the article so that you eliminate any potential risks associated with IDP.ALEXA.51.
Update July 2017. Few more executable type of files associated with the IDP.ALEXA.51 detection have appeared in the wild. Antivirus vendors have reported that the detection may be a false-positive issue from the antivirus programs themselves, but warn that viruses may pose as such false positive detection and if detected, you should thoroughly remove the files to eliminate any risk.
Update August 2017. The IDP.ALEXA.51 detection is still causing troubles for users who are playing online games like “SeaMonkey” and “Plants vs. Zombies”. Considering that AVG continues to detect it as malicious, it is best to proceed with scanning the system to make sure it’s malware-free.
Update November 2017. In September 2017, the IDP.ALEXA.51 threat is still being detected, most notably on machines running Windows 8.1. Avira and other security programs have detected it in the beginning of the month. Portugal and Brazil seem to be mostly targeted, which doesn’t mean that those are the main target of IDP.ALEXA.51.
How Did I Get IDP.ALEXA.51 Detection
Users over forums have complained that they received the detection message after a restart of the 8.1 Windows version. Reports have arisen on AVG support forums that the antivirus software is displaying a false positive, and they haven’t noticed anything out of the ordinary with their systems, only that it was associated with the following files:
If malware, the software may have arrived in the form of an unwanted download. This may be due to a malicious download, a direct download because of redirect, online message, clicking on a malicious link or a dangerous email attachment in a spam message.
What Does IDP.ALEXA.51 Do
Despite being massively reported as a false positive, AVG experts have provided information that the detection might also be malicious.
In case the detection is malware, it may interfere with the regular work of the system and open up a backdoor, allowing a hacker to access the device from distance and collect information. Other malicious activities associated with this detection might include:
- Obtaining information directly from the hard disk or using its space as well as the random access memory of the compromised PC. This may result in PC slowdowns and even BSODs (system crash).
- The erasing of important data on the infected computer, including crucial windows files.
- Live access from a distance being provided to hackers.
- Unwanted installation of unauthorized software on the computer.
- Obtaining other information for advertising purposes.
In case you have experienced any of the above-mentioned symptoms lately, then you may have been infected. Security experts advise affected users to upload suspicious files to VirusTotal for an online scan in case they feel insecure.
IDP.ALEXA.51 – How To Stop It
To stop the IDP.ALEXA.51 detection it is crucial to check whether or not you have malware first. To look for affected files run an on-demand scan with your antivirus program of the folder where the first detection has been encountered. Also, it is recommended to download an advanced anti-malware software that will scan your computer and make sure to remove any intrusions if detected.
See a detailed video guide on how to remove everything related to IDP ALEXA 51 below
- Guide 1: How to Remove IDP.ALEXA.51 from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of IDP.ALEXA.51 on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove IDP.ALEXA.51 in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase IDP.ALEXA.51 from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall IDP.ALEXA.51 from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove IDP.ALEXA.51 from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate IDP.ALEXA.51 from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable IDP.ALEXA.51 Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
About the IDP.ALEXA.51 Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this IDP.ALEXA.51 how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.
How did we conduct the research on IDP.ALEXA.51?
Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the IDP.ALEXA.51 threat is backed with VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload.
To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
1.Browser Redirect – What Is It?
2.Adware Is Malicious, and It Uses Advanced Techniques to Infect
3.The Thin Red Line Between Potentially Unwanted Programs and Malware
4.The Pay-Per-Install Affiliate Business – Making Millions out of Adware
5.Malicious Firefox Extensions Installed by 455,000 Users Blocked Updates
How to Remove IDP.ALEXA.51 from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove IDP.ALEXA.51
Step 2: Uninstall IDP.ALEXA.51 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by IDP.ALEXA.51 on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by IDP.ALEXA.51 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.
Step 4: Scan for IDP.ALEXA.51 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.
2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.
3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.
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.
Video Removal Guide for IDP.ALEXA.51 (Windows).
Get rid of IDP.ALEXA.51 from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall IDP.ALEXA.51 and remove related files and objects
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 IDP.ALEXA.51:
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 IDP.ALEXA.51. 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 IDP.ALEXA.51. 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 IDP.ALEXA.51 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:
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 IDP.ALEXA.51. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove IDP.ALEXA.51 files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as IDP.ALEXA.51, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Video Removal Guide for IDP.ALEXA.51 (Mac)
Remove IDP.ALEXA.51 from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2:Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase IDP.ALEXA.51 from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall IDP.ALEXA.51 from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove IDP.ALEXA.51 from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the IDP.ALEXA.51 will be removed.
Eliminate IDP.ALEXA.51 from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by IDP.ALEXA.51 from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings.
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".
What is IDP.ALEXA.51?
The IDP.ALEXA.51 threat is adware or browser redirect virus. It may slow your computer down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.
What are the symptoms of IDP.ALEXA.51?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your computer for viruses.
What types of Unwanted Programs are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Browser hijackers.
- Fake optimizers.
What to do if I have a "virus" like IDP.ALEXA.51?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most adware or unwanted program threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them from your browser and computer. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter is one of the reccomended anti-malware apps, that can scan your computer for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps and eliminate them quickly. This saves time when compared to doing the removal manually.
How to secure my passwords and other data from IDP.ALEXA.51?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment underneath the articles about your computer problems. We will try to respond as fast as possible.