Just got home after spending a couple hours fooling with moms computer while she is out of town. I did everything I mentioned in this post, and also installed Zone Alarm. Really, since she is running Windows 98 and is on dial-up, she could have possibly gotten by without a firewall, but I figured "What the heck." and installed it anyway. Most of the time was spent trying to remove Norton Systemworks off the PC. I think my uncle might have installed a bootleg copy of it on there, because it did not uninstall properly. It kept pausing on boot-up saying a dll file was missing and it still wanted to load Systemworks. I finally managed to get the machine cleared of the program. Did a Google search, and found out what needed to be deleted manually in the registry. Her computer now boots up considerably faster.