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One day last week when turning on the computer, we noticed some things had changed. For lack of a better term, I want to call them system fonts. An example is when you open anything in windows you always have 3 boxes in the upper right courner. minimize/restore/close. These are no longer a _ , double box and X. They are all strange symbols. Also, if you hit start, and an entry has more than one thing, it has a black> to the right. This is also a strange symbol. I'm thinking that somewhere there is a place that selects a font to be used for these special things. Maybe it is language related. Any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.


Bill Oetjen


This question was answered on June 7, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Bill Oetjen:

This sounds to me like you have a virus that is affecting your windows explorer If you have an anti-virus program I would suggest updating the anti-virus then scan your system and delete any virus that you might have.

If you do not have a anti-virus program you may check if your computer has viruses for free at If the program finds any viruses it will NOT delete them due to it being a free scan, you must purchase their software If you see that you do have a virus it is advised to go out buy an anti-virus software and eliminate any viruses from your computer.

One last thing that you can do is get all Windows update that might also fix your problem.


Dimitrios Theodorou

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Posted by Dimitrios of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 7, 2004