I have a pc but I cannot surf much of the the web with it. Windows 98 SE operating system freezes on 100% of the pages in cyberspace. My MOZILLA 2 on 50%. BUT..WILY Senior figures a way around it all.


Lately, I keep having to reboot PC due to netscape browser jamming. Is my Netscape Vers 4.7 glitched or does the PC have a virus? Or is the CIA attacking me thru chinks? I have a firewall. SO probably NOBODY did this to me. But netscape will freeze, it jams up all the time! I MEAN I CANNOT DO ORDINARY THINGS like: highlight part of an email to send it on if it's HTM FORMAT. I can cut and paste if it's written in text. This drove me to writing letters to people, "please edit your browser's preferences and choose txt not htm." Nobody understood why and I lost a lot of pals

 I open no mail unless from a pal. I would NEVER OPEN an exe file. NEVER go near one, even if it's a famous holiday joke or game. JUST ERASE IT!

So I was not infected. But I felt that something inside my machine has just grabbed my netscape by the nuts and was not letting go.

I was ignorant at first, felt maybe I should download MAILLAUNDERER.exe and totally get NORTONS VIRUS protector off the hard drive? If any virus protection like NORTONS has some vestige on a hard drive somewhere maybe it could be locking letters. But no, finally I realized it was just a netscape jam. NETSCAPE was too old to see modern fonts and coding. It would jam.

Here's what I had to do to read my emails! I went offline, then used ZTREE a download on line file manager like explorer but much better. Id use it to go down into dos, I go into the PROGRAM FILES\NETSCAPE\USERNAME\ see the fat.db and I tried to erase the sucker.

But guess what. THE fat.db file was likewise jammed. it isn't in use but it won't go, won't let itself be erased. Like a servant staying after her 8 hrs was up! I'm offline. IT SHOULD BE ERASABLE! I TRY TO CLOSE IT OUT. ATTRIBUTES are not the factor. ITS ATTRIBUTES ARE just A no H, no R! If you want on this ZTREE you hit A for attributes then MINUS SIGN and then the H or R and then you should be able to erase those attributes which lock them up. That wasn't it. I certainly should be able to kick that thing out of the way or click it gone won't work.

BUT WILY COYOTE HERE FOUND A WAY! You boot and restart, ONLY NOW  IS netscape NOT JAMMED. I must reboot and then GO ONLINE Web Wisdom came from my tekkie pal the red poppy farmer in Idaho. Riding to the rescue like Errol Flynn.

When unable to DELETE for no apparent reason it is USUALLY because the file in question is CURRENTLY IN USE. Solution is to use a DOS file manager like ZTREE (free for thirty days online, 30$ thereafter, and it's a dream.) You use it to delete files or restart PC in the "SAFE MODE" and then delete. Works on all files.. If any file still won't delete, then you must go into DOS, remove attributes, and delete.

BUT HOW do you get locked up in the first place? I suspect JAVA codes in sites you visited just immediately before it jammed. The rule with Netscape is that you must not ever abort loading of a page that contains Javascript code. Unfortunately, java code is found on most web pages, since the majority are unnecessarily Java-ed to death. (I feel a
rant coming on. Must resist!) This is especially true if you are using the Back button. You can often get away with aborting a Java-ed page when you first go to it, but if you are coming back to it with the Back button, (a) it takes about 5 times as long to re-load the page as it took to load initially, and (b) if you abort it, Netscape will crash.

Not only will it freeze up, but closing it and restarting will not help. Rebooting usually does help. Solutions: turn off Javascript, or use another browser.

How? Well you've gotr a button in NETSCAPE. Edit / pick Preferences / then hit Advanced Uncheck "Enable Java" and "Enable Javascript"

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Netscape was bought by AOL and they have turned it into CRAP. Therefore, I have been using MOZILLA, which is Netscape 4.7 without the BS. and trimmed off "BLOAT". Most things are identical to Netscape 4.7, but a few things are more 'basic', like BOOKMARKS. I have learned to live with it as it is perfectly trouble free, which I like. Netscape before the Big Bloat.

Simply download MOZILLA and then you can delete Netscape. All your
Netscape stuff should be now in Mozilla. I am sending you a CD with
everything you will ever need on it, including Netscape 4.7 and Mozilla.
Also has Ad-aware to detect spyware and remove it. Was going to send
last Friday but you were able to fix problems so I did not make a
special trip to town to mail it, but now that you are still having
problems I will try to mail it off today. Maybe you will get it by Wed.
or Thursday. or Friday. Look for a small red & white stinky
bubble-package containing 2 CDs.

EMAIL PROGRAM in CHRISTIANDOM. So I just got mozilla and
now i can surf most of the net. What I can't, I send URL to a pal
and say cut paste please, send back to me. Text is fine. They do.

So my pal said, Keep this CD in a special place (under your pillow) so you have it in the future. All the programs on it are OK, tested, bugfree, and recommended. I use this CD to restore effed-up PCs, along with the
Win98se CD. I have a third CD with MS Internet Explorer on it. I did not
send this one, but you may need it since Windows 98se uses files from
Internet Explorer. Since you use Netscape I am hoping that your problem
lies there instead of with IExplorer.

Your PC is an antiques, sorry to say -- too slow and it lacks sufficient RAM to cope with a CD Burner. I would suggest that before you spend any amount of $$$ to refurbish the old machines that
you consider that for $250 to $350 you can get a brand NEW FAST up to date PC from Ebay and other sources. Or a refurb. Even XP machines (2 GIGAHERTZ Plus) if you want to live dangerously. These PCs are about 10 times as fast as the PCs that were made prior to 1998. For $500 or so you can get brand new PCs that are 20 times as fast, that is- 2 to 3 GIGAHERTZ speed DEMONS. These retail for around a Grand from Downtown sellers, but on Ebay you can find deep discounts on the same thing, speedwise.

This is just an example of Ebay bargains. Compare Downtown. I can't fix
some PCs because it is cheaper to simply REPLACE the old dinosaurs with NewTeck machines. I can't even build one from parts as cheap as I can buy a Brand New one! If you want to pursue this and need help, let me know what you need, maybe we can make arrangements and get it done ASAP.

TALK to me! Another gal in Dubuque with same problem you are having got fed up last night and FORMATTED her Hard Drive, wiped it slick and reinstalled Windows with a 'recovery CD' from Compaq. She went the WRONG WAY because now she has a blank PC and is lost. Also she lost EVERYTHING in all folders because she had NO backups. There is a better way, but she was impatient and frustrated. Want to know how to do it and loose NOTHING? See attached directions...........Then do it yourself, its simpler than sending an email. Save your $$$ for buying a new PC.

DO NOT give some Joker a day's pay to do a 15 minute job that takes 2
minutes to set up and start. A 5 year old can do this. Its foolproof!

I answered him sagely. NAHHHH. I'm not ending up like the gal in Dubuqe. I'll just boot and reboot. Not a problem. I like my old dinosaur just fine! it has a warm hum coming out of the fan. (When it doesn't sound like a coffee grinder,). I also want to see how long these guys last. I back up files on floppies, have two PC's as a backup system. Keep the floppies or emails carrying files from one to the other. I'm fine. I have a wealthy client who keeps telling me, I'll buy you a new PC, whaddya want? I tell her, nah, don't worry. i'm fine. And I mean it. I use dial up, not cable. I have time to think while things load.  And at my age, THINKING takes time!

Well today 2015 I am working on a 20 yr old PC! AMAAAAZING. So good for the budget.