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I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please help

by jmic / November 5, 2004 3:40 AM PST

I'm running xp. I got most of the font back to normal by right clicking desktop, going to properties then appearance. But it still is there in some places (for example if I type something in the search line of google). Any ideas?
Thanks a lot.
Jeremy

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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by roddy32 / November 5, 2004 3:47 AM PST

You've got to give more info than that Jeremy. Have you run any virus scans and if so, what were the results? Also, have you run any spyware scans and if so, what were the results? Please tell us some more so someone can help you.

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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by jmic / November 5, 2004 4:01 AM PST

Thanks,
I ran virus/spyware scans, and it looks like sypware was installed. "31 critical items" were deleted. I removed all the free spyware detecting programs on the computer, and installed norton antivirus/firewall (it is necessary to remove those programs in order to install norton, according to norton's manual).
I can't run the norton scanner, because everything is in symbols. Do you recommend downloading a particular kind of virus/spyware scanner?
I am new to virus detection/removal.

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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by roddy32 / November 5, 2004 4:22 AM PST

Try doing an online scan at Trend Micro's Housecall and see what they come up with. You NEED spyware applications besides Norton which does mainly viruses. Also do a pest scan at Pest Patrol. They won;t fix anything but you can tell someone here what they come up with. Housecall may or may not fix any virus problems but at least write down what both places find and post them here. Good luck.

This scan is for spyware mainly.
http://www.pestscan.com/

This one is for viruses.
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/start_corp.asp

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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by RossBrindley / November 7, 2004 1:48 PM PST

I have exactly the same problem. I was given a computer with the problem to try and repair and as part of the process I moved the hard drive to my PC and scanned for viruses (Innoculate IT). No viruses were found so I scanned with PestPatrol and cleaned a few trojans off.

When I looked into the Fonts (Windows/Fonts) directory on the suspect drive with Windows Explorer, my own PC became "infected" with the top bar of all windows appearing in symbols. I managed to repair my PC without rebooting by restoring all fonts but this solution only works temporarily on the original PC and the problem return on reboot.

H E L P!!!!!

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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by roddy32 / November 7, 2004 10:59 PM PST
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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by RossBrindley / November 8, 2004 7:21 AM PST

I have tried the housecall and it found nothing. I have purchased Pest Patrol and it has found nothing.

This thing IS a virus because it replicated itself onto my PC through contact with the hard drive but no-one has yet discovered the source of the infection.

Any word from jimic about his/her progress?

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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by roddy32 / November 8, 2004 7:43 AM PST

Hi Ross
Jeremy has not reported back so I have no idea if he fixed his problem. As far as your problem, there is not way that I can think of to fix the problem if we don't know what it is. If you don't know what it is called and none of the scans say there is something wrong, maybe you can give all the symptoms and possibly someone can help you. Please tell us everything you know about what happened and when it happened, etc.

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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by RossBrindley / November 8, 2004 8:40 AM PST

The only way to show you is to send a screen dump. Is that possible?

When I go to properties of the desktop and choose appearance and then advanced the only font options are fixedsys and system. All other fonts are gone from view and even after changing these to the system font some windows are still only showing garbage.

The original PC only showed the problem when it was restarted for the first time in months so there is no way to know when it started. All I did to infect my PC was access his hard drive when I connected it as a slave on my PC and viewed some of the directories.

This must have started appearing on other PC's by now. Surely Jeremy and I cannot be the only ones.

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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by roddy32 / November 8, 2004 8:51 AM PST

I have no idea Ross. I'm not an expert, I just try to help out when I can. I think you are going to have to wait for one of the experts to pick this up, sorry I couldn't be more help.

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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by RossBrindley / November 8, 2004 9:46 AM PST

That's OK, I appreciate your input and I hope one of the big A/V houses pick this one up soon.

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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by Basil Hall / November 8, 2004 10:36 AM PST
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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by RossBrindley / November 8, 2004 2:36 PM PST

Absobloodybrilliant....

Still, I have no explaination as to why the fonts registry entry was deleted and I am running XP Pro not Media edition but who cares it's F I X E D!!!

Thanks...

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(NT) (NT) Just a lucky find - glad it helped.
by Basil Hall / November 9, 2004 3:49 AM PST
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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by UncleBuck / November 14, 2004 11:28 AM PST

Just adding my voice to this - no, you're not the only ones. I got this within the past 3 days. It appeared after running a program called "System Mechanic" from iolo.com. It might not have been that program, but a registry scan I did with it appears to have triggered something. It looks like the symbols might be the Marlette font, and checking my registry I can't see anywhere that this font is assigned. I also had trouble accessing my CD drive for awhile, but that particular problem appears to have spontaneously resolved itself, at least for the moment.

I'm running Windows 98 on a 1.3 GHz Penyium/256 MB RAM Dell. This system has had a virus before way back when it still belonged to my parents, I don't know if it's the same virus. But I've run McAffee Virus Scan, Ad Aware, all the System Mechanic scans, McAffe disk scan, Microsoft ScanDisk, just about everything I can think of. The problem won't go away, and there isn't anything in the entire system registry that refers to the Marlette font. :-? I'll be very curious to see if anything's come of this. I've not yet finished reading this thread, so please disregard this if the problem's already been outted & resolved. If I find out anything not already posted, I'll be sure to do so. Thanks! Happy

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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by roddy32 / November 14, 2004 11:48 AM PST
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Re: I got a virus that changed my font to symbols- please he
by deborahramos / November 10, 2004 8:55 AM PST

OH MY GOD. I got it too! Thank you for posting...I've been all over the internet looking for help!

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Ross Brindley...please help!
by deborahramos / November 10, 2004 9:07 AM PST

I'm trying to get rid of the EXACT same problem, and followed the link to the d-a-l help site, but it involves being able to read some text, and everything on mine is symbols except where it says Windows XP. How do you get it to partial english at least?

Thank you...

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