CPU stuck in MB socket
Today, I received some new thermal paste that I purchased a few days ago. So, I opened up my computer case, removed my AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 (CPU cooler), unlocked the CPU socket, and proceeded to removing my CPU. Unfortunately, I was unable to do this, because the CPU is completely stuck. Now, I only want to remove it so I can clean off the old thermal paste. So, considering that I am unable to remove it, would it be safe to clean it while it rests in it's socket? I will be using lint free coffee filters and isopropyl alcohol to remove the old thermal paste. Also, I guess I should add that I have an AMD Phenom II X4 955 (C2) processor, and an ASUS Crosshair III Formula motherboard. Thanks!