Okay, I just spent the latter part of last night & all day today trying to deal with this shit, FINALLY got rid of it.
It's a brand new virus (literally like a few days ago) that masks itself as an anti-spyware program, telling you your system is infected. It force-closes any attempts to run any form of internet browsers or spyware removal software.
The only way I found to reliably get rid of this piece of shit was to get Norton Power Eraser. After trying everything else in safemode, NPE did the trick on the 1st shot and best of all, it's a 1-time deal. Norton is infamous for slowing the shit out of your PC, but this program only runs once and then it's gone - it doesn't install.
Be careful though, it does warn you that it uses highly aggressive methods - i.e. you could end up removing things you didn't intend to. Just make sure there's nothing in the "suspicious" heading at the end of the scan.
Just thought I'd pass the message along. I'm not normally for capital punishment, but I really do wish we could just put the people who make these damn virus to death. I fucking hate this crap.