I've done a lot of reading and haven't found anything that matches all my symptoms or fixes my problem.
My husband's laptop popped up "XP Antispyware 2009", I'm fairly
certain that's the exact name. It instantly started racing like it was scanning and alert boxes started popping up. He freaked and asked if it was something new I put on his puter, I said no, kill it. Immediately turned off puter. Used CC to uninstall. Ran antivirus programs etc.
Here's what we have now:
XP Home Edition V2002
Advanced System Care Free
IE keeps opening (http://browser-security.microsoft.com/blocked.php?r=33.2
) but dose not display a webpage.
Warning pop ups "IE encountered a problem and needs to close" (when IE isn't open)
Can NOT connect to internet to download any 'fixes'
Have disabled internet for security reasons
Can NOT install malwarebytes or superantispyware from removable media, even in safemode
Can NOT run system restore (opens but won't actually execute)
I HAVE been able to install HijackThis
I Have been able to install Dr.Web which deleted PopcapLoader (?)
Task Manager DOES work (I noticed posts with similar problems that noted theirs did not work)
There was an XP-vista.com site referenced in another post about removal instructions - I did NOT find any of the files that were listed.
So... how do I figure out what the culprit is and hopefully get rid of it?