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.
I had a friend delete 98 and install ME and a couple of problems have occurred. Kernell32.dll keeps popping up when i try and use a printer/scanner program, Runtime message pops up when i go to my homepage and my start up has 24 running programs that i cant shut down through the taskbar/startup program. YOWZERS!!!! Can any one help me? Oh ya, i had 2 bad viruses that we got rid of, could they be the reason for all this ?
Take Care and Be Safe