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How to remove IDP.ALEXA.51 from Windows and Mac

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IDP.ALEXA.51 is malware reported by reputable AV engines

Showing idp.alexa.51 detected by AVG
idp.alexa.51 has mostly been seen reported by AVG software.

IDP.ALEXA.51 is a name of a malware reported by reputable AV engines,[1] such as AVG or Avira. Since 2016, people started submitting threads asking if this piece of malware is dangerous. However, new reports keep emerging in 2018, except that they are now mainly related to Avast. The IDP.ALEXA.51 detection is said to be intrusive since the AV engine disrupts system's startup and reports the IDP.ALEXA.51 threat or Alexa Virus. According to experts, that's possibly a false positive detection, which should be fixed by AV developer. However, in some of the cases, the system may turn out to be infected. 

Type  Malware or false positive caused by AVG, Avira, and Avast
OS Windows
Symptoms The malicious example causes system slow downs, high CPU usage or system crashes. False positives are harmless
Distribution Spreads in a bundle with SeaMonkey, Plants vs. Zombies, EasySpeedUpManager2, and other games
Also known as Alexa virus. In case it's not a false positive, the IDP.ALEXA.51 detection refers to a severe cyber infection that has to be removed. 
Elimination We recommend downloading Reimage and running a full system scan with it. 

This detection is primarily associated with online games or apps, such as SeaMonkey, Plants vs. Zombies, EasySpeedUpManager2, and others. The AVG scan results usually report this “file” or detection to stem from the .tmp and .exe files (e.g. swUSB.exe) located in c:\windows\, %appdata% and %temp% folders.

According to the analysis being held a year ago, the IDP.ALEXA.51 malicious detection prevails on the systems running 8.1 located in Portugal and Brazil. However, the extent of this erroneous detection did not decrease and is currently often found on Windows 10 systems running Avira and AVG. In some of the cases, AVG firewall may block the installation of HitMan Pro reporting the HitmanPro.exe as an IDP.ALEXA.51 malware.

IDP.ALEXA.51 detection
The idp.alexa.51 detection by anti-malware tools can mean one of the two things - either the need to update anti-virus or a need to removal malware from the system.

The file is related to Alexa and can be malicious

Some cybersecurity researchers categorize the IDP.ALEXA.51 file as a Trojan horse or Alexa virus. Although there's no clear evidence for such classification, cybersecurity experts warn that the suspicious detection called IDP.ALEXA.51 might not be a false alarm.

Reputable AV engines like AVG might recognize it as a false-positive detection or threat due to the outdated version running on the system (AVG 8.5, 9.0, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015) or outdated virus database. In 2017, the company acknowledged that this same problem had been triggered by faulty AVG software update.

However, that's not the only reason why AV engine, not necessarily AVG, can report IDP.ALEXA.51 as threat detected in various system's locations. Malware developers can exploit such files or names of the false AV detection to disguise malicious programs or processes.[2] 

IDP.ALEXA.51 comes with the system along with freeware

IDP.ALEXA.51 is not one of the system's files. It is associated with the various application that can be downloaded from the Internet for free. It's not possible to reject the installation of this file-component since it's a part of the software package responsible for its performance.

Although its original version is not considered as malicious, it can be misused by hackers for disguising ad-supported apps, rogue software or even malicious cyber infections. Therefore, each time you install games like Zombie vs. Plants or other free apps, make sure to select Advanced or Custom installation option and read the terms carefully.

TIP:[3] experts recommend people not to let your young children download apps without your intervention as they will undoubtedly skip License Terms and Privacy Policy, thus exposing the system at the risk of being infected with potentially unwanted or malicious programs.

Check the system for malware and fix IDP.ALEXA.51 file if needed

In case IDP.ALEXA.51 detection is false, all you have to do is to address your antivirus tool to disable irritating threat detection pop-ups. You can uninstall the anti-virus entirely using its uninstaller on Control Panel and then download the latest version from the official website.

Alternatively, you can check what is the version of your anti-malware tool and download the update for it from the manufacturer's website.

However, we would strongly recommend checking the system with an alternative anti-virus program to make sure that the system is not infected with a hazardous PC infection, such as Trojan, Spyware, Keylogger, and similar. Our top pick tools for an additional scan are Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes.

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