|Being a recent victim of the $300 moneypak FBI virus while running XP (sister's) and firefox with outdated Java that 98 can't even install brought it all home to me. You are NOT safe on the internet with 98 no matter what you can do.|
To be fair though, a virus like that on 98 would be causing IE to crash as it tried to infect the system and can't find a hole to do that through and never really gets it done due to the crashes. So you ARE safe, you just be crashing all the time and I finally got tired of it. I got a Pent 4 box for $60 at the used computer store and put XP on it and am back on the internet running the latest definitions possible. So is my sister.
But when I want to do some work, I fire up the same old 98 box I always have and go to town, it's so much better than XP as to opening folders and a hundred other little things. I have a home network with my XP and 98 boxes and they read/write files back and forth sweet like - I don't need internet on 98 anymore.