There are very effective free solutions - money need not be a barrier to safe and effective control of your own computer, Win9X or otherwise.
Couldn't agree more, I have 2 machines here at the house that they kids use mostly, well one is suppose to be the "family" machine but we all know how that goes bith running 98 and I have control over them,
As fishin pointed out there are programs to clean your computer and run just fine and do a great job on 98 and any other OS.
Was pondering reinstalling 98 on another I like to infect the machines and then find the best course of action for cleaning them,
But the kids will usually give me a live machine to work on its only a matter of time
Just my 2 cents worth