The IDP.ALEXA.51, commonly known as the Alexa Virus, is a malware detected by Avira, Avast, and AVG anti-virus programs. The virus was first detected in 2016, and since then it has spread through online games such as SeaMonkey and Plants vs. Zombies. Besides these games, it is distributed through malicious URLs and unwanted file downloads. The virus can be considered intrusive, as it disrupts the system’s startup process.
It is important to mention that the Alexa Virus is more than just an ordinary malware. Once it is detected on the computer, the system reports that the object originates from .tmp and .exe files located in specific Windows folders. However, many researchers have reported that this virus can actually be a false positive. In some cases, IDP.ALEXA.51 is present in the system, and it can be quite hazardous for the device.
What Can the Alexa Virus Do to Your Device?
In most cases, the Alexa Virus slows down your device by overusing the CPU and RAM. In the worst case scenario, the virus can cause complete system failures. Once your device gets infected by this malware, the AVG scan will interrupt the starting process of the computer every time you try to turn it on. It will then report the presence of the IDP.ALEXA.52 virus and wait for you to remove it.
Besides interfering with the regular work of the computer, the virus can do much more than just slow the device down. It creates a virtual back-door for hackers who can then access your device and all data on it without you noticing it. The Alexa Virus can obtain information directly from your hard disk, erase important files (including crucial Windows files), allow remote access to unauthorized users, allow unauthorized downloads and installations, as well as collect data for unauthorized advertising purposes.
How to Remove the Alexa Virus from Your Device
If you have reasons to believe that your device was infected by the IDP.ALEXA.51 malware, the first step towards solving the issue would be to confirm the presence of the virus. The easiest way to do so is by scanning the computer with a reliable anti-virus program, preferably Avast, Avira, or AVG. If the virus is present on the device, you can either remove it manually or download a professional removal tool such as SpyHunter.
It is much easier to get the task done with automatic software but, if for any reason you cannot use one of these programs, there is a way to remove the virus manually. Follow the steps below to manually remove the Alexa Virus from your device.
1. Start by scanning the device to identify the name of the file you need to remove. Make sure to check the list of programs installed on your computer by running the task manager. Remove any programs that look unfamiliar or suspicious.
2. Download a program called Autoruns and use it to find all auto-start applications on the device.
3. Restart your computer into Safe Mode. The process of entering the Safe Mode varies depending on the operating system you’re using.
Windows 7 and XP:
Restart your computer regularly. During the startup process, press F8 multiple times until the screen takes you to Advanced Options. Choose Safe Mode from the Advanced Options menu and carry on.
Go to Start, click on Settings and choose Advanced Startup. Click Restart and the device will take you to the Advanced Startup Options. From there, click Troubleshoot, select Advanced Options again and click on Startup Settings. Then restart the device, and it will take you to the Startup Setting screen where you need to press F5 to boot it into the Safe Mode.
Click on the Windows logo, restart the computer while holding the shift button. Choose Troubleshoot and then select Advanced Options and Startup Settings. Restart the computer and press F5 to enter the safe mode.
4. Once in the safe mode, extract the downloaded archive and run the autoruns.exe file.
5. Inside the Autoruns application, click on Options and uncheck “Hide Empty Locations” and “Hide Empty Entries.” Then click refresh.
6. Take a look at the list provided by the Autoruns App. Find the file that needs to be removed. Right click on it and select Delete. Search for the malware on the computer and remove the folder. Remove all suspicious folders along the way.
7. Reboot your computer into the regular mode and make sure you are using the latest operating system with all the updates.