The rest of your story should include "I cleaned up with ad-aware and spybot and now I can't surf but the modem icon shows connection", which is why you uninstalled everything.
Some spys that get cleaned have altered your DUN [dial-up-networking registry entry] and won't allow a simple uninstall-reinstall of DUN, especially if you don't have your w98 install CD or the cab files in windows>options>cabs. New.net is one bad one among others. Go to your friend's PC and search-download "iefix", which reinstalls for you with different default registry entries.
This has become a common problem.
There's another one "Lspfix" for another type.
ive uninstalled ad-aware , spybot search and destroy as well as zone alarm and still i cant access hotmail.com and webshots.com . could it be in the registry or i have to delete some kinda file in the WINDOWS folder?