Generally speaking, Windows 9x/ME systems do not really need to be
running AV software, and have not needed to for about the past 3 to 5
years. This is because most malware does not run or install itself
properly on the 9X/ME line of operating systems (for the past few
years, malware expects to find itself on NT-based OS's like XP, Vista,
If you are running win-98/me and you are so paranoid that you need to run
an AV program, Norton Antivirus 2002 works well and can still be updated
with a current scan engine and virus definitions.
Norton Antivirus 2002 is part of Norton SystemWorks 2002, which can be
downloaded from these links:
The password to unzip each of them is "a". Each file is close to 50 mb
When unzipped, you will get
Rename them each to .zip. They are not password protected.
Create a directory (name does not matter) and move files 1, 2 and 3 into
that directory and unzip them into that directory. There should be no
conflicts or warnings to over-write any existing files.
For file 4, move it to the \SUPPORT\IE5 directory and unzip it is
contents into that directory.
When you are done all that, you should have an exact copy of the
directory structure of the NSW 2002 CD. There should be 10 files and 13
folders in the root directory. 590 files, 41 folders, 207 mb.
To install NSW-2002, just run setup.exe in the root.
1) Before installing, you should go to add/remove programs in control
panel and check to see if you have any Symantec or Norton products
already there, including LiveUpdate, LiveReg, Norton AntiVirus, Norton
Utilities, or Norton SystemWorks. You will probably have to remove some
or most of them, and then re-boot your computer, for NSW2002 to install
itself correctly. You should also make sure your PC's clock/calendar is
set to the correct date.
If your system has ever had NAV installed on it before, you might have
to do a complete search for all old remnants and remove them. From your
See here for NAV removal tool:
2) Once you complete step 1, perform a file-find on your system and look
for a file called "catalog.livesubscribe" or just "catalog.*". If you
find that file (it will be in a norton or symantec directory) then it
must be deleted before you install this software. it is best to check
your system for this file even if you do not think that NAV is or has
ever been installed on your system. The presence of that file will
affect your ability to perform virus-definition updates once you install
3) After installing NSW2002, let it restart your system. There are
several settings in NAV that I turn off - like automatically check for
updates, and warn if virus def's are old. If it gives you the option of
registering the software - do not. it is not necessary for it to
4) Your win-98 system will probably need to have it is "Root
Certificates" updated, and update your Windows Scripting Host to 5.6
I *believe* that this file will update the root certificates of a win-98
Windows Scripting host (Windows9x-Script56-KB917344-x86-enu.exe) can be
downloaded from here:
5) If you click on "Check for Updates" you will probably be told that
there is an update to Symantec Redirector, which can be downloaded but
may not install. In any case, it is my experience that both auto and
manual updating (liveupdate button) does not work, and has not worked
since maybe 2007. But that is ok, because you can download all program
updates and virus definitions from here (Symantec Intelligent Updater):
That file always contains the most recent virus definition update. So
download and run it as often as you want (even once a day if you are
When trying to run that update, if you get the following error message:
This Intelligent Updater package cannot continue installing."
Then you need to update your root certificates.
5) BTW, NAV 2002 runs fine on Win-2K and XP (sp1, 2 and 3).
Norton SystemWorks 2002 CD includes:
- Norton CleanSweep 2002
- Norton AntiVirus 2002
- Norton Utilities 2002
- Roxio GoBack 3.0
- FastSafe (Fast & Safe Cleanup)
- Symantec Process Viewer
- Norton Rescue Disk version 15.0
- Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.50.4134.600