I need help! I badly need to repair my registry - keep getting all kinds of error messages, particularly one that says "this program has caused an illegal operation, etc". I download and ran a Registry Mechanic Program that tells me I have 290 problems! However, in order to fix these problems, I will have to purchase the program. Right now I can't afford to purchase this. Does anyone know if there is some sort of reliable free program? My OS is Windows 98. I really need to use my email program for school but right now I can't. Can anybody offer any advice? Thanks.