device not functioning?

My computer is self destructing right before my eyes.  Over the past
four days applications which I have been using for weeks and sometimes
months are no longer working.  This is what is happening:

I attempt to open an application and get an error message indicating
that a .dll file appears to be corrupt.  When I clear that dialogue
box I get a dialogue box which tells me that a device attached to the
system is not functioning.

This has occurred to five applications now.  The .dll file indicated
to be corrupt in the initial dialogue box is different for each
application (for Norton antivirus it is s32alog8.dll, for microsoft
image composer it is cfxd10u.dll, etc.) however, the .dll file
indicated is always the same for a given application  (eg:  for Norton
Antivirus it is always s32alog8.dll)  This phenomena shows consistent
repeatability once it starts.  The applications affected always fail
to open with  the same error.  In a couple cases I had used the
application earlier on the day it failed with no problems.

Over the past four days one application a day has succumbed with the
exception of yesterday when two died.

I am running a 486/50, 1 gig hard drive, 16 megs ram, Win95.  I have
tried nothing so far as a fix.  What am I seeing here?  A virus?, a
feature?, a bug?
wrobertsAsked:
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schradercCommented:
It sounds just like a virus. Try scanning your disk with a clean bootdisk. If you don't have one and don't know anyone with a computer you can take a disk to your local computer store and they'll help you out. If that is not the case your hardrive could be failing. Try running scandisk and do a thorough exam of your HD. That will detect any physical errors on the drive. Beyond those two things, it is possible that your Registry is mangled. You can fix that by reinstalling windows 95 over the top of itself then re-install any damaged applications and it should stop your problems.
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