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Old 09-29-2004, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Windows 98 - Out of Control!

All right guys, I'm so computer illiterate so be gentle with me! I'm still running a computer with Windows 98 (I know... its time for a new one.) and it just keeps getting worse and worse. Every day it seems to run slower. Yesterday, I opened my windows file to find there there are like 8,000 files in it!? :amazed: I'm assuming that is not normal. So is there anything I can do to see what files are needed and which ones are not?

I have norton antivirus... but I really never use it for much. Could it help?

Also, here is my HJT log... just in case.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 1:27:16 PM, on 9/29/04
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,Search = (obfuscated)
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer,SearchURL = (obfuscated)
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = (obfuscated)
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = (obfuscated)
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://C:\WINDOWS\system\tewvq.dll/sp.html#37049
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\system\tewvq.dll/sp.html#37049
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = res://C:\WINDOWS\system\tewvq.dll/sp.html#37049
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://C:\WINDOWS\system\tewvq.dll/sp.html#37049
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\system\tewvq.dll/sp.html#37049
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://C:\WINDOWS\system\tewvq.dll/sp.html#37049
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch = (obfuscated)
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = res://C:\WINDOWS\system\tewvq.dll/sp.html#37049
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) =
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
O2 - BHO: Class - {9A9D96C7-713B-CA6E-81D1-396004C70935} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\NETUS32.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: &Yahoo! Companion - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\YAHOO!\COMMON\YCOMP5_1_3_0.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: &Radio - {8E718888-423F-11D2-876E-00A0C9082467} - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\MSDXM.OCX
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [IncrediMail] C:\PROGRAM FILES\INCREDIMAIL\BIN\IncMail.exe /c
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AIM] C:\PROGRAM FILES\AIM\aim.exe -cnetwait.odl
O8 - Extra context menu item: &Add animation to IncrediMail Style Box - C:\PROGRA~1\INCRED~1\bin\resources\WebMenuImg.htm
O9 - Extra button: ICQ Pro - {6224f700-cba3-4071-b251-47cb894244cd} - C:\PROGRA~1\ICQ\ICQ.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: ICQ - {6224f700-cba3-4071-b251-47cb894244cd} - C:\PROGRA~1\ICQ\ICQ.exe
O9 - Extra button: AIM - {AC9E2541-2814-11d5-BC6D-00B0D0A1DE45} - C:\PROGRAM FILES\AIM\AIM.EXE
O12 - Plugin for .spop: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\Plugins\NPDocBox.dll
O12 - Plugin for .com/mbcitiassist?op=eappdisp&context=esignapp&id=53313 6&ts=12/5/02-14:17:31: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\PLUGINS\nppdf32.dll
O12 - Plugin for .mov: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\PLUGINS\npqtplugin.dll
O12 - Plugin for .mid: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\PLUGINS\npqtplugin2.dll
O12 - Plugin for .mp3: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\PLUGINS\npqtplugin4.dll
O12 - Plugin for .mpeg: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\PLUGINS\npqtplugin3.dll
O12 - Plugin for .mpg: C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\PLUGINS\npqtplugin3.dll
O16 - DPF: {A17E30C4-A9BA-11D4-8673-60DB54C10000} (YahooYMailTo Class) -
O16 - DPF: {C606BA60-AB76-48B6-96A7-2C4D5C386F70} -
O16 - DPF: Yahoo! Graffiti -
O16 - DPF: {1D6711C8-7154-40BB-8380-3DEA45B69CBF} (Web P2P Installer) -
O16 - DPF: {8A94C905-FF9D-43B6-8708-F0F22D22B1CB} (Wwlaunch Control) -
O18 - Protocol: icoo - {4A8DADD4-5A25-4D41-8599-CB7458766220} - (no file)
O19 - User stylesheet: C:\WINDOWS\Web\win.def (file missing)


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Old 09-29-2004, 01:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would suggest for starters to run adaware or something like to clean off the unneeded garbage. then is you are uising systemworks from norton do the disk cleanup. Remember to delete all the temporary internet files, Right click the icon on the desktop and go to porperties, then to delte temp... files.
You should also defrag the disk as that will help speed things up a bit.

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Old 09-29-2004, 01:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Try loading Spybot Search & Destroy. Update, and run that to get rid of some of the spyware and adware. As a backup to that you can run Ad-Aware, also.

Update your Norton Anti-virus, if your update period hasn't expired. If it has, run one of the free ones. I'll search for a post that has links to multiple options.

When was the last time you defragmented your computer? If it hasn't been run in a long time, go ahead and run it.

Edit: Inaris beat me to it.

Follow this link. There's freeware antivirus programs if your update subscription to Norton's has run out.
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Old 09-29-2004, 04:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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if your antivirus is out of date. Its free and will remove any viruses it finds. Since its web based, it is very up to date. Reason its free is because they have a purchase only version for pre-detection. This is for after its infected. Make sure to have it clean any viruses it finds and note any that can not be cleaned for manual removal.
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Old 09-30-2004, 09:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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try to remove the startup item from the msconfig ... click start button, Run and type msconfig.. goto startup tab and uncheck all of the items in the list and click ok.... restart your machine and you will find that your system will boot fast and applications runs faster. !!
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