i'm having a similar problem as others w/ this kind of virus. i got this one under the guise of an mp3 sofware called codec mp3.
it has borrowed the microft sec. update icon (the red shield) on the lower right toolbar. tho the legit icon appears in tandem w/ it now. the malicious one's text bubble will say "you have a security problem." then periodic fake advertisements come up for spyware and such.
it prevented me from updating norton until i used safari (i am on XP) to download free updates from my college IT store. i ran a full scan overnight, finding no corruptions/infections.
this morning i went to norton and got its most recent update. some progress: the auto-protect results have IDd aobut 15 trojan horses and downloaders, reporting a new one about every 10 minutes. i downloaded the free ad-aware from lavasoft, and that is going real slow.
i did many of the scans offline and to verify that the popups were the result of my possessed computer. i've avoided using paswords and so on, and for now am using my laptop. i am the kind of chump who thought real hard about paying for pctools (whose scan IDd 700+ baddies, on my trip to majorgeeks) but i am not the least bit inclined to type sensitive info, desperation aside. this virus is crippling me. please help.
any help much appreciated