Many antivirus program users, especially that of Avira, Avast, and AVG, have reported that their security programs are reporting a unique threat named IDP.Alexa.51 during scanning.
In this post, we will learn about IDP.Alexa.51, how it got infiltrated into your device, and how to get rid of it completely.
IDP.Alexa.51 is a term given to suspicious threat which is not limited to a particular malware, but malicious files that possess similar threatening nature. The threat was first observed in 2016, and it often enters the system during the installation of flash games such as Plant vs. Zombies, SeaMonkey, and others.
Since it is a generic detection, many times, users might observe false-positive results. Because of the higher false-positive rate, users generally ignore the IDP.Alexa.51. That's what makes it more dangerous as cybercriminals bypass the malicious programs in the name of genuine ones, and users allow thinking them as false-positive detection.
The IDP in IDP.Alexa.51 stands for "Identity Protection." Whenever a security program detects an unusual behavior from a program that tries to steal your private information, the IDP component of the antivirus raises the IDP alerts like IDP.Alexa.51, IDP.Generic, and more.
There is no specific idea of what IDP.Alexa.51 can be. Mostly it is adware, but many users have reported it as spyware, trojans, ransomware, and similar dangerous malware. It is essential to handle the IDP.Alexa.51 threat detection carefully, and users must never ignore it.
Cybercriminals use numerous ways to infiltrate your system with malware programs. IDP.Alexa.51 can infect your system in the following ways −
The most common path for IDP.Alexa.51 to enter your device is through Flash Player games. Since Flash Player is now outdated and Adobe has ended its support, it is advised to uninstall Flash Player games and stop using the Adobe Flash Player.
Infected emails are another popular medium to spread IDP.Alexa.51 malicious threat. Many users uncautiously download the attachments of the emails sent from the unknown senders and introduce malware programs into their devices.
Websites that provide paid software and games downloads for free are mainly malicious and created by cybercriminals to lure users into their trap. Programs listed on such sites are malicious and might introduce IDP.Alexa.51 or other threats on your system.
Clicking on malicious pop-ups, banner ads, etc., can secretly initiate the installation of the malware programs.
Since IDP.Alexa.51 can be anything; it is essential to get rid of it as soon as it is detected. Here are the top ways you can get rid of IDP.Alexa.51 −
Since the threat is detected by a security program, you can use it to remove the IDP.Alexa.51 from the system entirely. It is the quickest and safest way to delete the threat as antivirus programs are designed explicitly for such purposes.
It is advised to uninstall the Flash Player and all its components, games, etc. since Adobe no longer supports it.
On your device, look for the suspicious applications or games that you don't remember installing. One by one, remove all such programs. Note that many such programs might look authentic and valuable to you.
Windows OS tends to collect many unnecessary temporary files, which can be malicious and cause harm. It is recommended to delete the temporary files from the system regularly. On any Windows device, navigate to C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp to reach the temp folder and delete its contents.
IDP.Alexa.51 can sneakily infiltrate your browser and hijack its settings. If your browser is misbehaving because of IDP.Alexa.51 malware, you must reset its settings.