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Program Posing as Virus check took over my computer

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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.

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