Tosca, You won't be able to access the Internet in SAFE mode. When you start up in SAFE mode Windows does not load the modem drivers.
I attempted to connect to the internet while in Safe Mode the other day and my ISP (Earthlink) kept insisting that my modem was not in working order which it was, connecting just fine in standard mode. Question is, is it just not possible to connect when in Safe Mode? I use W98SE. Thanks