right click freeze win 98

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Run SFC  and see if your system files are corrupted. Also you may have a memory problem
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I agree with DTHConsulting; if you don't know what SFC is or how to run it: it's called System File Checker, and you can easily run it by clicking on Start button, then select the Run entry on the Start Menu, type in SFC and click OK. If you don't have the Windows setup files on your hard drive, you will need the install CD to provide backup copies for the replacement process.  In order to replace both missing and damaged system files, you will need to put a dot next to Scan for altered files, click on the Settings button and put check marks next to both Check for changed files and Check for deleted files.

Another thing you might try is the Registry Scanner. You would need to boot to a DOS command prompt and then type this command:  scanreg /restore.  (You'll be offered 5 previous versions of the Registry to restore. Choose a date before the problem occurred.)  Another possibility is the scanreg /fix command, to attempt a repair of the registry.

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I would try a virus check also:
Virus check on-line

online virus scanners; they will scan all the files on your hard drive for a virus.

http://housecall.antivirus.com/pc_housecall/

Norton Web Services  
Go to this page and click on Scan for Viruses
http://security2.norton.com/ssc/vc_about.asp?langid=us&venid=sym&plfid=22&pkj=RKNYPJUIYCZRWEJGSSK

It needs to download a few file so as to activate the scan so you may see a message like this.

"The Scan for Viruses uses an ActiveX program to scan your computer. The download is approximately 1.5MB and can take about 10 minutes over a 28.8 modem.

The scan can take more than 20 minutes depending on the speed of your computer and the number of files that you have. Please do not browse away from this page unless you intend to abort the scan.

Downloading Scan for Viruses controls. Please wait...
 
During the download, you might see one or more messages asking if it is OK to download and run these programs. Click Yes when these messages appear.

Note: Scan for Viruses does not scan compressed files"
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Trend Micro HouseCall  
www.housecall.antivirus.com
"Trend Micro's free online virus scanner
In order to better serve our customers, we ask HouseCall users to register before scanning their computer.  By registering, you will receive virus alerts from our team of Virus Doctors. You will be able to unsubscribe when you receive your first email. You can also scan without registering"
http://housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/start_corp.asp
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PC Pitstop Virus Scan
Our free Web-based virus scan uses Panda Software's award-winning technology and virus list. We're checking against the "wildlist," the roughly 200 viruses that are most prevalent in the world in a given month
http://www.pcpitstop.com/antivirus/default.asp
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