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Fonts suddenly changed in all internet browers, other programs OK


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#1 Avee1977

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 12:28 PM

Dear all,

 

hope someone can help me here.

I just restarted my computer since my WLAN was hiccuping (it does that once in a while, has to do with the internet provider), and when it came back on, the fonts in all my internet browers (my main browser is Firefox, back-up is Google Chrome) have suddenly changed; the Firefox one to something that looks like Arial Black/bold, the Chrome to something italic. The weird thing is that if I check the font settings in my Firefox, it still says "Times New Roman", size 16 - but that sure isn't what it looks like on the websites! (Other info: am using Windows 8)

 

Any suggestions? Please help, these involuntary fonts are driving me crazy while surfing the web!

 

Thanks,

 

Anke


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 12:32 PM

 I'd check the Windows\Fonts folder to see if by chance your default font(s) got deleted somehow.  If so, you could copy what you need from another computer.  You could also try System Restore to a few days back.

 

Good luck.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

#3 Avee1977

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 12:37 PM

To be honest, this is not helping so much. One, I checked the fonts, none of them got deleted. Two, even if they had, I have no access to another computer from which I could copy them. Three, there is no System Restore from a few days back.

 

Any other suggestions? Anyone?



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 12:41 PM

To be honest, this is not helping so much. One, I checked the fonts, none of them got deleted. Two, even if they had, I have no access to another computer from which I could copy them. Three, there is no System Restore from a few days back.

 

Any other suggestions? Anyone?

 Time to check for malware and viruses.  Install Malwarebytes, get it up to date, boot to Safe Mode, and let it do a full system scan.  Also while in Safe Mode do a full system scan with your antivirus.


Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

#5 Avee1977

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 12:43 PM

Already in the process of doing that... will post findings as soon as I get them.



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 01:54 PM

Malwarebytes returns a clean system; so does the antivirus scan...



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 01:57 PM

 Try System Restore to a date prior to the start of the problem.  If that doesn't fix it, it'll be time to save any data you don't want to lose and restore to factory settings.

 

Good luck.


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 01:58 PM

Seriously? You want me to me restore to factory settings just because the browser fonts changed?!?



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Posted 31 May 2014 - 02:07 PM

Seriously? You want me to me restore to factory settings just because the browser fonts changed?!?

 If you try System Restore and that doesn't work, you've obviously got a problem with your system.  If all the above fails, and you want the problem fixed, that's the next thing to do.  Sorry.


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 02:40 AM

Just so you know, after a little more research, it turned out that somehow the font arial.tff got deleted - all it took was to reinstall that font. You wanted me to restore to factory settings because of a missing font. Might want to be a little bit more careful with your advice...



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Posted 25 July 2016 - 08:58 AM

Agreed. I just had this exact problem today and I was messing around with fonts on my computer the other day. All I had to do was re install the Arial fonts into my computer and it fixed the problem.






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