What is a viruses

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hello, just a few days ago my windows 98 computer was possibly infected with a virus.. or has a major problem ... heh, anyway first i expierenced performance problems and low memory.. so i bought some RAM and it increased performance for a few minutes but then dropped.. the overall resource % average was 80% after about ..15 minutes it would drop to 50%. Then it started giving me this error when booting up "Operation System Not Found" oh happy day, after many attempts of re-starting i got in but... performance was crap and i froze often, and when openning up programs my mouse became very choppy and it seemed the sensitivity of it dropped to .5 or so, and i froze shortly after loading. Now.. heh this is good, when i booted up again.. my system devices we're gone (system board driver, keyboard ect) i believe i may have one of those new viruses.. since my Nortorn Anti-virus with definitions as of.. 8/17/03 ( i think) didnt pick it up. i am fresh out of ideas.. infact i am not on my normal computer for it freezes when i try to install my keyboard drivers and i tried to format but my A drive wasnt responding when i put in my boot disk..

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This question was answered on August 22, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

What I would do is put in my windows 98 disk and format from there

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 22, 2003