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Win 98 unsafe?


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roland

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I have a question about a Win 98 system riddled with spyware and trojans. It has been on a cable modem for some time now with absolutely no protection of any kind! AdAware found 351 critical objects and AVG found 24 trojans (but then crashed before being able to clean them!).

Is it worth cleaning up and then setting up standard protection or is Win 98 inherently less secure than XP and will easily become polluted again?

Any opinions welcome!

- Roland
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depends on you.

All computers are "unsafe"in the wrong hands.

Win98, technically, is less targeted then winxp, and may be safer if you take adequare precautions.
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Interesting that it is less targeted than XP. Does 98 still get Windows updates or is it no longer supported in that regard?

I practice safe surfing with all of my computers - it's my friends and family I can't control!! (But I try!).

Thanks.
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ie6 still gets updates, so that part is protected, but windows 98 does not get updates anymore. I don't want to give the impression that win98 is not targeted at all.

Windows is by it's nature a problem, but I will say that windows xp/2000 can be harder to clean.

Again, it's the user.

I have had windows 98 machine on broadband with no antivirus, no malware protection, no firewall for months

...and no problems.
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