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Solved Windows xp fonts corrupted?

Compaq / Dc5000
February 28, 2010 at 12:55:17
Specs: WinXP , P4 3.0
Suddenly, my spouse's computer has developed 2 problems in an instant, for no reason I can figure out. The greater problem is that a certain % of letters of text do not render property. They are sort of half-bold, and a little bit shadowed. Maybe every 5th or 3rd or 10th letter goes like that. It occurs everywhere except on web pages. It occurs in all Windows programs, inside Outlook email, Wordpad documents [rtf], and in all the menus, toolbars, and structural bits of those programs, including the frames and structures of Firefox and IE. Only in the body of web pages does it not occur.

The other weird thing is that when this happened, the frames of web pages and all other programs [Wordpad, etc..] shifted northeast a little bit, so that the X which closes pages/programs is now slightly out of sight. Thank goodness for ALT-F4.

The fonts thing is the greater problem. Text is readable, but awkward.

If anyone has any suggestions about this, fire away.

Thanks very much.

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February 28, 2010 at 19:20:50
Just to see if you are infected, run this, regardless of what preventative measures that are already installed.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
If it won't run, rename the downloaded mbam-setup.exe file to mb.exe to help work around certain malware that will block it from being run.
If it still will not run.
1: Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features and uninstall Malwarebytes.
Next redownload Malwarebytes but rename it before you download it to your desktop. As you are in the process of downloading when you get to the point that the "enter name of file to save to" box appears, in the "filename" slot, rename mbam-setup.exe to something.exe, then click Save.
If it installed but will not run, navigate to this folder:
2: C:\Programs Files\Malwarebytes' AntiMalware
At the top of the page, Tools > Folder Options > View, click > Show hidden files and folders and untick > Hide extensions for known file types.
Rename all the .exe files in the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder and try to run it again.
When it opens, update 1st.
If it won't update after installing, update manually.
Download & install.

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March 1, 2010 at 18:50:18
✔ Best Answer

Font Cache troubleshooting
If your fonts are not appearing correctly in the font menu or in documents (“garbled” is a common term for this), then one of the best solutions is to clear your font cache. Depending upon your system and application programs, this may entail deleting multiple font cache files.

What is a font cache file?
These are files used by the operating system and certain applications to keep track of what fonts are installed. If the font cache gets corrupted a variety of problems can ensue, including fonts not appearing in the font list in an application, or wrong fonts (or missing fonts) in documents.

How to clear the font cache
The best approach to delete the font cache file(s). It’s OK to delete these files, as they will automatically be restored once your system is restarted, or when you relaunch an application.

Windows 2000/XP/Vista
The Windows operating system has a font cache file that is located here:
Delete this file, and restart your system. A new FNTCACHE.DAT file will be created on startup.

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