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HELP! Running Windows 98 and hit by a svchost.exe bug

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HELP! Running Windows 98 and hit by a svchost.exe bug

I need some help as I cannot figure out how to fix this problem. I am running Windows 98, which should not need svchost.exe (only 2000 and up I believe need it). I downloaded a seemingly innocent program, installed it. It installed svchost.exe into my c:\windows\fonts directory and it would not let me delete it. I also think it may be attached to Task Scheduler because I had it disabled in msconfig. Now, it is back. I uninstalled the initial progam but it left the svchost.exe. Svchhost.exe then tried to access the internet often and seemed to want to activate my webcam (which I had uninstalled but keys still existed in the registry). I could not delete the file in normal windows as it said it was in use. I ran Ad-Aware, Spybot & McAfee 9 - nothing got it. It would not turn off in msconfig, either. I would uncheck it so it would not load up upon start-up but it always somehow "re-checked" itself. Finally, I booted up in safe mode and was able to delete the svchost.exe file.

Here's the HUGE problem:
I can no longer load applications in Windows. When it boots up and when I try to start a program, it gives me an error stating i need svchost.exe to open an application. I AM STUCK...Arggghhhhh. I don't know what to do. Any suggestions? If I plug in the svchost.exe from a windows XP machine into that directory, will I be able to load applications again?

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