For users that have third-party antiviruses like AVG, Avast, and Avira, chances are your computer might have detected a threat named IDP Alexa 51. The case with IPD.Alexa.51 is different as it can either be a “false positive” or a real infection too!
In this article, I am going to tell you everything you need to know about IDP Alexa 51 and how to avoid it. In case your computer already has it, I will also show you the ways to get rid of it.
About IDP Alexa 51
The origins of the IDP Alexa 51 virus can be traced back to 2016 when it was first detected. This virus usually infiltrates a host computer through flash games like Plants vs Zombies, SeaMonkey, and other games of such kind.
The virus has similar properties to that of a Trojan. However, the important thing to note here is that with some software it is harmless and with other software, it may have TrojanWin32/Tiggre!rfn or FileRepMalware.
The thing is that this whole thing with IDP Alexa 51 is quite confusing for many. You see, if you have an outdated antivirus database, your antivirus might detect even a safe software as IDP.ALEXA.51.
Now, this makes a vulnerable entry point for cybercriminals. They use this to their advantage and disguise PUP(Potentially Unwanted Programs) and malware as IDP.ALEXA.51. So without checking the legitimacy, you can’t really say anything for sure.
Potentially Unwanted Programs are very fishy and just destroy your user experience by sending you adware, steal your information from the browser, record sensitive information, etc.
In some cases, software with IDP.Alexa.51 is harmless but in many cases software with IPD.Alexa.51 may contain viruses like TrojanWin32/Tiggre!rfn or FileRepMalware. This can cause serious damage to your computer, your security and could turn out destructive.
So no matter if is it is a virus or a false positive, the fact that your computer has IPD Alexa 51, is something to be taken seriously.
|Virus Name||Alexa Virus|
|Symptoms||It is designed to avoid detection so no particular symptoms can be observed|
|Distribution||It distributes through malicious websites, infected email attachments, software cracks, games from shady sites, etc.|
|Damage It Can Cause||It can steal your banking details, sensitive information, BSOD error, slow down your computer, damage important files, etc.|
How Do I Know if I Have It?
Although the virus is made to avoid detection, it still shows some symptoms when in action. Here are some of the red flags:
- You can clearly observe a significant slowdown of your computer.
- You see that some essential Windows files are missing.
- The computer automatically installs some unwanted software that is very shady without your permission.
- You often see the BSOD(Blue Screen of Death Error).
- Your computer uses excessive RAM even in a normal state.
- You get a warning message every time you start/restart your PC.
- You can observe two processes in the task manager: Seamonkey.exe, and Ammsetup.tmp.
- Your antivirus might also detect it as TrojanWin32/Tiggre!rfn or FileRepMalware.
- Some antivirus detects the origins of the virus in the temp folder of Windows or in folders like Windows PowerShell.
How to Avoid Getting IDP Alexa 51?
The thing is everyone uses the internet and they do not even realize when they have downloaded bogus software. Most of the times people don’t even realize that they have the IDP Alexa 51 virus and they just see it when their computer slows down significantly and they run a scan.
The problem with going online is that there are few ways to avoid getting viruses on your PC. The sites are designed in such a way that you accidentally click on the wrong download links and then your PC gets infected.
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Sometimes people send you emails with attachments and you just download them without realizing that they might be infected.
Another very common case of getting the IDP.Alexa.51 virus is through crack software and games. People download them to use a game or software for free but it comes also brings viruses with them. So how can one avoid getting IDP.Alexa.51 virus?
- Keep Your Antivirus up to Date: As mentioned earlier, sometimes IDP.Alexa.51 is detected as a false positive. This is mainly because of an outdated antivirus database. If you want maximum security, it is always good to keep your antivirus up to date. Doing so ensures that you do not get infected with any new viruses.
- Avoid Click on Shady Links, Popups, and Emails: Popup ads are designed in a way that you always find yourself clicking on them accidentally. Fortunately, you can find some extensions that block or help you avoid clicking on popups. But it is you who should pay attention and no matter how luring a link is, if it seems shady, just don’t click on it. Also, open email attachments only from the trusted people.
- Always Download Software from Legit Websites: If you want to get the best out of any software or game, you should only download it from legal channels. Not only do you get the best version of it but also the most secure one. You see the third-party sites that sell crack software and games often conceal viruses with the games. The IDP Alexa 51 virus is just a small threat, in many cases, users have completely bricked their computers by installing crack software and a lot have also lost a tremendous amount of money. So beware and only download games and software from legit sites.
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Getting Rid of IDP Alexa 51
But what happens if you already have the IDP.Alexa.51 virus on your computer. In that case here are a few things you must do:
Update your Antivirus and Conduct a Full Scan
If you use a third-party antivirus like Avira, AVG, and Avast, just update it to the latest version. I can’t stress enough how important it is for your antivirus to be up to date to detect and eliminate this virus.
Additionally, you can also use some other third-party antivirus to eliminate this threat. So just install a new antivirus and run a full scan.
Uninstall Software You Do Not Use
We have a lot of software on our systems that we hardly use. You can find a lot of apps on the Microsoft Store that will tell you what software you do not use or use less frequently. You can simply uninstall all of that software and the virus should go.
Rescan Your Computer
Once you uninstall the software that you do not use, again conduct a full extensive scan with up-to-date antivirus and see check if detects the IDP.Alexa.51 virus or not. During the rescan make sure that the core files are also scanned as sometimes the virus is also embedded in the core files.
Reset Your PC
If none of the above methods work for you, you have no choice but to reset your PC. Before doing so, just scan your personal and important files and take their backup. After that, you can reset your PC. Just so you know, doing so will delete all of your data.
All you have to do is follow these steps:
- Go to the Windows Search Bar, type “Reset this PC” and hit enter.
- Now click on “Get started” on the right and follow the instructions.
Just make sure that you choose the option to remove all the files during the process.
So that was all about the IDP Alexa Virus and how to avoid, and get rid of it. Just make sure that you take all the safety precautions and you should be all good. Always keep your antivirus updated and download everything from trusted sites.