That could very well be a consequence of a virus. If it is not too long ago and he doesn't have too much information on it, I should format c: and start all over. The first program to install after the OS and the critical security patches from windowsupdate is a virus scanner!

But I don't understand why anybody would replace 98 with ME. ME generally is considered inferior to 98 SE, so you should have a very good reason to do so. Please tell more.