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 from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove IDP.ALEXA.51 from 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.
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:
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:
- 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:
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.
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.