Win98 Virus Removal!

I have a Win98 PC at my mother's house, and it has a virus. The virus is apparently a boot-sector virus, as Conventional memory in DOS mode is missing 3k RAM and all drives are in MS-DOS compatibility mode. Also, some other programs don't work properly. believe the virus is before 2003. I am looking for an inexpensive or free way to eliminate the virus. It only has to be run once on the hard drive and perhaps some floppies as well. I can just stop using the CD that appears to have the virus. Even a trial version of the software is fine. Any ideas?
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  1. Is wiping even the boot-sector and re-installing everything known to be clean a practical option?
  2. Man that is real old you might try malwarebytes But I am not sure that will support 98. It might be time to put that puppy to sleep!!!
  3. I´d go for a clean OS installation -- go XP!
  4. I would throw it in the trash as I am sure it has a 20 gig hd and 128 mb of ram...
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  6. Harry Potter said:
    I have a Win98 PC at my mother's house, and it has a virus. The virus is apparently a boot-sector virus, as Conventional memory in DOS mode is missing 3k RAM and all drives are in MS-DOS compatibility mode. Also, some other programs don't work properly. believe the virus is before 2003. I am looking for an inexpensive or free way to eliminate the virus. It only has to be run once on the hard drive and perhaps some floppies as well. I can just stop using the CD that appears to have the virus. Even a trial version of the software is fine. Any ideas?


    Back in the DOS days, I used F-Prot AntiVirus for DOS, you can still find it floating around the 'net but it hasn't been updated since around 2006 or 2007 and is not available from their web site but fortunately you can still grab it on a direct download link: http://files.f-prot.com/files/dos/f-prot.zip

    What I would do would is download F-Prot and unzip it onto the hard drive, don't run it though, then use a clean Win98 boot floppy and boot the computer with that. Navigate to where you extracted the F-Prot for DOS onto the hard drive and run it. Scan the drive and it will hopefully find your little nasty.
  7. I tried f-prot, and it didn't find the virus. I think I know what happened: the computer has no virus! I think I overreacted when I saw missing conventinal memory in DOS mode. This would explain why the computer didn't behave worse over time. This would also explain why nothing detected the virus, and cleaning out the system didn't work. So, where did the extra memory go?
  8. Harry Potter said:
    I tried f-prot, and it didn't find the virus. I think I know what happened: the computer has no virus! I think I overreacted when I saw missing conventinal memory in DOS mode. This would explain why the computer didn't behave worse over time. This would also explain why nothing detected the virus, and cleaning out the system didn't work. So, where did the extra memory go?


    Most likely that bit of RAM is reserved for the Extended BIOS Data Area or possibly a ROM BIOS Extention for an add-in card such as a network adapter.
  9. Anonymous said:
    Most likely that bit of RAM is reserved for the Extended BIOS Data Area or possibly a ROM BIOS Extention for an add-in card such as a network adapter.


    Oh. Thank you.
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