IDP.ALEXA.51 – a cyber threat that is detected by popular antivirus programs
IDP.ALEXA.51 is a file related to various online games and apps, such as SeaMonkey, EasySpeedUpManager2, or Plants vs. Zombies. However, during the past couple of years, legitimate security programs detected it as malicious. Often they refer to a file as Alexa virus or identify it as a Trojan horse. However, there’s no specific information that proves such detection. In most cases, security programs deliver false positive results.
|Symptoms||AVG, Avira, and Avast display malware detection alerts, general slowness of the computer, high CPU usage|
|Distribution||Spreads with freeware, such as games and apps. Currently known associated applications are SeaMonkey, Plants vs. Zombies, and EasySpeedUpManager2|
|Relation with other cyber threats||The malicious version of the file is related to Alexa virus that needs to removed from the computer immediately|
|To uninstall IDP.ALEXA.51, install Reimage and run a full system scan|
So-called IDP.ALEXA.51 malware was first detected in 2016. Back then, security programs AVG and Avira users were looking for the information about this cyber threat. However, the issue was related to outdated versions of the security programs which delivered false positives. Since 2017, the problem seems to be solved.
The similar issue was reported in 2018 too. This year Avast users reported that their security programs also warn about IDP.ALEXA.51 virus. The antivirus detected this file as malicious and associated it with so-called Alexa virus. However, malware researchers tell that there might be a problem with AV detection. Hence, this detection seems to be a false positive.
In this cases, IDP.ALEXA.51 removal is not needed. It’s enough to update security programs to stop seeing alerts about this cyber infection residing on the computer. However, there’s always a chance that your antivirus warns you about an existing dangerous virus.
Therefore, users are warned not to overlook IDP.ALEXA.51 detection. Creators of malware often use the name of various files to spread and install malware on the computers. Therefore, if you are AVG, Avira or Avast user and received such alert, you should check your PC with another anti-malware tool.
We recommend using Reimage for a system check. If this file is actually malicious, you will be able to remove IDP.ALEXA.51 and fix the damage caused by malware. We do not recommend trying to delete malicious components manually. You might accidentally delete safe and important files instead of dangerous ones.
Online games and freeware might help to install the file on the computers
We have already mentioned that IDP.ALEXA.51 is associated with a couple of online games and applications. The primary distribution apps are SeaMonkey, Plants vs. Zombies, EasySpeedUpManager2. However, there might be other applications that spread or include the file with the same name.
Hence, if you have installed the above-mentioned applications, it explains why this file exists on your PC. However, such apps might sneak into the machine unnoticed. It might happen due to the bundling technique. This software marketing method helps to spread applications together with various free programs that you might download for free.
However, you can avoid infiltration of potentially unwanted programs (PUP) by using Custom/Advanced installation settings instead of Quick/Recommended. The advanced installation allows seeing what “additional” components are spreading together with a primary program and rejecting their installation.
Inspect and remove DP.ALEXA.51 if needed
If your antivirus frequently displays DP.ALEXA.51 alert, you should check if it’s real or not. In order to do so, you should update your antivirus and check if the warning reappears. If not, you can feel safe. Your computer is not infected.
However, you can also obtain another anti-malware program and run a full system scan. This step helps to identify if any computer virus is not residing on the system. We recommend using Reimage or Malwarebytes for system check. We can ensure that these tools can perform a proper DP.ALEXA.51 removal if needed.