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Help me re-format Win 98 please

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by ChuteTheMall, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. I'm ready to re-format and start over tonight or tomorrow.

    I really need help here, I'm getting all kinds of Trojan attacks every time I visit GT or anywhere else. Grisoft AVS catches them, normally 2 at a time, and I run AVS several times per day now.

    I also run Ad-Aware but CoolWebSearch returns right away, as does Lycos Sidesearch, midADdle, Stat Blaster and other junk.

    I run Spybot S&D but it can't get rid of everything, and I'm current as of yesterday with all Windows 98 updates.

    My system is 1998 vintage Windows 98, too slow to upgrade. I just need to squeeze another 6 months or so out of it, then I may replace it with a Mac or a new box with Windows XP, and I might even move up to broadband at that time.

    What is involved in re-formatting? I think I understand that I will wipe out all programs and all files, then reboot with my original system recovery disk and application recovery disk. Then, how do I get back on with my Earthlink account?

    Once I get online, should my first task be to catch up on the last seven years of Windows updates to Win 98? Or should I first log on to Grisoft for AVS again?

    I've already backed up my essential music files, and there really isn't anything else I feel the need to save, except address book.

    If you don't hear from me, it's because I'm about to break my puter.
    Any serious (or humorous) comments or suggestions for this Noob's first re-format attempt?

    Have I mentioned that I obviously know very little about computing, even though I've had this for 7 years? Thanks in advance for any help!
  2. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon

  3. It's HP Pavilion OEM. I'll check out the link! ^c
  4. AZ-Boog


    Apr 19, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
    stay off the internet untill you get your AV up and running.

    disconnect the cable from your router or modem or whatever just make sure you're totally isolated while you're rebuilding your system.
  5. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

    Oct 7, 2002
    burn it to a CD before you format.

    i learned that the hard way. :)
  6. For Windows 98 you should download CCleaner For the bad things scan with A-squared and Spy Sweeper and and download the updates after install.With these and AdAware and Spybot it should be clean.Get Yahoo toolbar it has very good scanner built in.Then click Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Scan Disk.Scan your C drive.Then defragment.See how many things get cleaned out of your system.
  7. Stephen

    Stephen Hola! Millennium Member

    Aug 24, 1999
    Dallas, Texas
    If you load 98-SE won't that eliminate a ton of updates???
  8. SamBuca


    Aug 9, 2002
    Carlisle, PA
    A couple realistic suggestions...

    1) Sell one of your old and dusty firearms for $500 and get one of those $400 Dell machines...they're nice. Win98 is becoming a problem. Skip the rest of this post if you do.

    2) If you don't have fast net access (cable or dsl) or you don't have a router, take the PC to a friend's house to use his fast connection and firewall. Most cable modems do NOT have a router built in, but a lot of the DSL modems do.

    3) Reinstall Win98 and do all the upgrades. Yes, it's a pain.

    4) Install Ad-Aware (normally I'd suggest MS Anti-Spyware but it doesn't support Win98).

    5) Pay for McAfee ( and stop using this free nonsense virus scanners...VirusScan Online can easily be installed on your new PC at no additional cost and there's no weird license keys to type in.

    6) Switch to Mozilla Firefox for your browser. I'm one the people who trolls the Tech forum and calls people names when they suggest this to non-nerds, but Win98 is should not be using IE on Win98.

    ...or just ship me the PC and you'll have it back in a week ;f
  9. hy5z


    Apr 17, 2003
    Use a firewall. I use Zone Alarm, it works like a champ and it's free. At current count it informs me that it's kept out 35,000 intrusion attempts. You can actually watch people port scanning you too. That would be the first thing I installed after a fresh wipe. Then the Windows updates followed by antivirus and Spybot/Adaware.

    If you want to experiment first you might consider buying a cheap older hard drive at a thrift store. You can just swap out hard drives and play without paying, so to speak.