Symbols instead of letters

March 5, 2006 at 19:01:37
Specs: Xp, 512
I think my computer got a virus that has change all of my windows' fonts. I cannot read any messages, the icons' names, or simply the start menu what it says. Now, instead of letters I have some weird symbols that do not let me work in my PC. I tried to restore my PC to an earlier point but I don't have restore points, I have scanned my computer in trendmicro by the scan never finishes, is there anythign I can do in order to fix this, I have tried the original antivirus that I had but none of them worked. I have no options left, whenever I try to access windows safe mode, the computer simply restarts by itself. Please help, I am desperate and my computer is essential to me and my work. Thanks in advance.

Jorge Fernandez

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March 5, 2006 at 19:08:26
If you will post a Hijack This log maybe it will give us a clue as to what is going on. You can download Hijack This at this link then place it into a folder of it's on, such as C:\HJT, so that back up copies can be made and not clutter your desktop or other folders and the backup copies of deleted items can be easily located if needed.

Once saved double click HijackThis.exe, and press "Scan". When the scan is finished, the "Scan" button will change into a "Save Log" button.
Press that, save the log, Ctrl-A to Select All, and copy its contents into the text editor at this forum.

Do not fix anything yet unless you know what you are doing. This is a powerful tool that can crash the computer if used improperly.

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March 16, 2006 at 21:07:43
Before you start jumping to security issues, I would strongly suggest you run check disk. I had a similiar situation not a security problem but a sector error on the hard disk which was cleared up after a few runs.

To run Check Disk, open My Computer and right-click on your hard drive (C:). Choose Properties. Go to the Tools tab and click the button "Check Now" under the Error Checking tool.

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