|Just a few days after resolving a small issue concerning Media Player Classic comes a bigger issue that came as a result of my long-term effort at speeding up my old Gateway computer: I have lost access to my computer's software and now I'm staying connected to the World Wide Web from a separate and newer computer. |
I was deleting temporary files that were unnecessary and possibly slowing down my computer. I was doing fine at first until I came across an unfamiliar file named 64.exe. Checking the file's properties did not help and I was unable to access the Internet due to a busy telephone line. I clicked the file with the left button on my mouse with the idea of an installation screen coming up or something indicating what the program was about before I could click close or cancel, but the result was instantaneous and icons on my desktop and in the start menu became non-fuctional. 64.exe turned out to be adware.
I restarted the computer and came up a set-up screen for Windows 98, along with a request for the product key. Nothing good came out of this and I switched to a different registry, but the computer did not finish rebooting in normal mode. I switched to safe mode with the new registry and used ScanDisk, but it did not workk. I re-installed Windows 98 with the disc that came with the computer back in 1999, but it did not work and now all I get is an error message regarding a file named Browseui.dll.
I called Gateway technical support and learned that I may need a new Windows 98 disc if re-installing with my current disc does not work. I'm considering this option.
I wish I had waited until the telephone line was free this afternoon and I would have discoverd that 64.exe was actually an adware program. Taking a chance with a potential ad-ware program and expecting to quicky resolve any possible problems was not a good idea this time. This is most definitely the biggest repair challenge in my ten years of using this computer.