Hi - I recently found this forum while looking for help re computer security. I believe I was hijacked recently and am trying to recover. Initially my browser start page was changed and a porn IST bar added. The new start page was what appeared to be a legitimate search engine (spidersearch) but whenever any subject was selected I was directed to a new site. Usually porn but not always. I deleted the windows ISTBAR file as the only way to get my home page back. However, now whenever I start my computer I get an "IEDLL.exe is corrupt" message and I cannot open WINEXPLORER, MYCOMPUTER or RECYCLEBIN from the desktop or the start menu. I want to reload windows, but not until I'm sure there is no dormant cyberclap waiting to reemerge. I suspect my efforts have fixed a symptom but not the problem. I have since loaded SPYBOT S&D (and cleaned out a bunch of those nasty critters) and ZoneAlert is now providing a firewall. I downloaded and ran HIJACKTHIS, but unfortunately, when I ran it I mostly got nervous. I do not feel comfortable arbitrarily deleting stuff I don't understand from my registry. My question is - if I reinstall Win98, will my registry be restored to a default or will it remain as it is now?