I visited the Malware message board in late January or early February and learned that I had a Cool Web Search infection. I removed that and was given a clean bill of health but the problem did not go away. They suggested that I try this board at that time but I just kept working around the problem.
Yesterday, I decided to reformat and start over. After reformatting, I immediately went to Microsoft’s website and updated both windows and IE. I am using VCOM’s Net Defense Firewall. I cannot imagine that this computer is infected. I have only visited three or four websites and now it is starting to lock up again.
I am currently running IE version 6.0.2800.1106IS and Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222A. My system has 319 Mb of RAM. I only use this thing to check e-mail and to surf the internet so the computer has plenty of power and speed using a DSL modem. Any assistance is appreciated.
Two additional notes: the firewall software gives me a message that Netbeui Virtual Device (version 4.0) is trying to connect to (my IP address here). Do you want to allow this program access to the network? I answer no.
Secondly, our IT professional at work told me that I may have a “display” problem after I informed him that I had gotten rid of the CWS infection. Just FYI only.