I have an IBM laptop with Windows XP Pro
I was hit by a virus (or whatever) that poses as a virus cleaner. It says I have all these trojans, worms, etc, then blanks out my desktop. It pretty much takes over the computer. Then it asks me to buy it.
I know it's a scam, but how do I remove it? I pulled the HD and put it on a usb external. I've run several virus checks and have only found some tracking cookies from Ad-Aware. But I don't think these are causing it.
Does the HD have to be the bootable drive for these programs to find the culprit? I'm running AVG, Threatfire, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware.
I plan on moving all important files to another HD then just sweeping the corrupted drive. However, it's just curious that nothing has shown up.