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Can't sign in and letters are replaced with symbols.

Acer Veriton x498g-ui5650c - core i5 650...
August 9, 2015 at 18:14:52
Specs: Windows 8 or 8.1
Hello although I know this is an old post but this person had been experiencing basically THE EXACT SAME issues as me but on my Acer PC with Windows 8 / 8.1 (I honestly forget and cant check because I cant sign in obviously) instead of her Windows 7 laptop.
I also can't access Safe Mode and see symbols where words should be on the login screen. It likely is the outcome of something I downloaded recently because it started happening right after it was downloaded and I restarted my pc. Please help me as you all helped her.

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August 9, 2015 at 19:21:45
Process of elimination, try/borrow another keyboard first.

If that isn't the problem, try this.

Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition
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How to Boot a Computer from a Lazesoft Recovery USB Device

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August 10, 2015 at 07:34:09
Have you tried pressing F8 to boot to Safe Mode? If you can do that, you should be able to remove whatever you installed.

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August 11, 2015 at 20:46:00
If you can boot into Safe Mode then run System Restore to a date before the download(s). Then run Malwarebytes to help remove remaining parts. After that, post the log it creates (copy/paste) for review to be sure it is all gone.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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