I first became aware of your community when my computer contracted the infamous "Antivirus Soft" malware. I simply googled this malware name on another computer and came across the instructions provided by bleepingcomp. They were quite descriptive and easy to understand, and in almost no time I had the malware removed after starting my comp. in safe mode, downloading the rkill file and then malwarebytes. Now there is a new prob.
At first, it seemed that I had contracted the same malware. I simply repeated what I had done earlier, but this time, after restarting the computer in regular windows, the dreaded pop-up reappeared. When I return to safe mode and try to initiate rkill followed by the malwarebytes scan, the scan finds one infection and supposedly gets rid of it. However, when opening Windows XP (the OS on my comp.) the same pop-up occurs. However, this time, I am getting combinations of "Antivirus Soft" and "Antispyware soft". From what I understand, these are created by the same people. I obtained instructions on antispyware soft removal- it said to download and run "hijack this" followed by running malwarebytes. I ran the hijack this and a fairly long list of flagged applications was listed. As the warning states, some of these might be essential to computer function, so I have been very careful about removing (have removed three from the list so far). However, the removal of these files followed by running Malwarebytes have not resulted in anything different from the previous attempts- the malware still abides. I copied the list and had this online registry service check this- they stated the running process C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\iexplore.exe was the dangerous file. However, this website is trying to sell a registry cleaning service and I'm not sure if their findings can be trusted.
I am going to go ahead and upload the hijackthis list of files; hopefully, this might provide some info. as to how to proceed.