windows prob, boxes instead of text/characters

  darthballs 12:59 19 Apr 2009

friend has got a problem with his pc, he thinks its a virus, but not sure. in windows, all text has changed to strange characters, ie boxes, x's and different shapes, theres no proper text and when you type in internet explorer, in comes up as this strange text as well, any ideas?

  Terry Brown 14:01 19 Apr 2009

It sounds very much like a virus, try downloading A Squared and all updates, copy the program to a CD and run a2free.exe.

this will run an antivirus program from the CD drive, which may remove the virus (if one (or more) exist).

Unfortunatly it may be too late and the damage may be done already.
Let us know how you get on.

  Graphicool1 15:32 19 Apr 2009

What version of Windows is it? Where in Windows is this happening? Outlook Express? What font is he using, a font called 'Wingdings' produces characters such as you are describing.

  Graphicool1 15:41 19 Apr 2009

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