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Random chinese text on unavabile pages?!

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andreigherghe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 14, 2012 2:20 PM

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This is what i get when i open pages that do not exist, not only that IP.
Should i worry?

MacBook Air Mid 2009, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Apr 14, 2012 2:47 PM (in response to andreigherghe)

    It looks like what you get when some text is mistakenly being read as UTF-16 encoding.  Normally what you should see is a "Safari cannot open this page...." message.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,410 points)
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    Apr 14, 2012 4:04 PM (in response to andreigherghe)

    Please read this whole message before doing anything.

     

    This procedure is a test, not a solution. Don’t be disappointed when you find that nothing has changed after you complete it.

     

    Step 1

     

    The purpose of this step is to determine whether the problem is localized to your user account.

     

    Enable guest logins and log in as Guest. For instructions, launch the System Preferences application, select Help from the menu bar, and enter “Set up a guest account” (without the quotes) in the search box.

     

    While logged in as Guest, you won’t have access to any of your personal files or settings. Applications will behave as if you were running them for the first time. Don’t be alarmed by this; it’s normal. If you need any passwords or other personal data in order to complete the test, memorize, print, or write them down before you begin.

     

    Test while logged in as Guest. Same problem(s)?

     

    After testing, log out of the guest account and, in your own account, disable it if you wish. Any files you created in the guest account will be deleted automatically when you log out of it.

     

    Note: If you’ve activated “Find My Mac” or FileVault in Mac OS X 10.7 or later, then you can’t enable the Guest account. Create a new account in which to test, and delete it, including its home folder, after testing.

     

    Step 2

     

    The purpose of this step is to determine whether the problem is caused by third-party system modifications that load automatically at startup or login.

     

    Disconnect all wired peripherals except those needed for the test, and remove all aftermarket expansion cards. Boot in safe mode and log in to the account with the problem. The instructions provided by Apple are as follows:

     

    • Be sure your Mac is shut down.
    • Press the power button.
    • Immediately after you hear the startup tone, hold the Shift key. The Shift key should be held as soon as possible after the startup tone, but not before the tone.
    • Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple icon and the progress indicator (looks like a spinning gear).

     

    Safe mode is much slower to boot and run than normal, and some things won’t work at all, including wireless networking on certain Macs.

     

    The login screen appears even if you usually log in automatically. You must know your login password in order to log in. If you’ve forgotten the password, you will need to reset it before you begin.

     

    Test while in safe mode. Same problem(s)?

     

    After testing, reboot as usual (i.e., not in safe mode) and verify that you still have the problem. Post the results of steps 1 and 2.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,410 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 7:13 AM (in response to andreigherghe)

    What about your account in safe mode?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,410 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 8:47 AM (in response to andreigherghe)

    Copy the text from the window and run it through a translator such as Google Translate. What does it say?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 8:51 AM (in response to andreigherghe)

    Try doing View > Text Encoding = Unicode UTF-8 and see if it becomes legible.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 10:19 AM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Linc Davis wrote:

     

    Copy the text from the window and run it through a translator

     

    It's not really Chinese, just looks that way.  You can duplicate this kind of thing by using FireFox and doing View > Character Encoding > Unicode UTF-16,

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,410 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 10:27 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    I see what you mean, but the OP is using Safari, and in my copy, there is no UTF-16 encoding option. I can't reproduce his results.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 11:24 AM (in response to Linc Davis)

    Linc Davis wrote:

     

    the OP is using Safari, and in my copy, there is no UTF-16 encoding option. I can't reproduce his results.

     

    Yes, that is correct.  For Safari to do this there must be a  .plist entry or something else overriding the user settings.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,410 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 11:59 AM (in response to andreigherghe)

    Please change your system language to English temporarily. Same problem?

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 12:29 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    As Tom said, this is not Chinese, or any other language,, IMHO.

    It's messed up fonts or font cache, I believe.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Apr 15, 2012 12:29 PM (in response to ~Bee)

    His screen shot indicates he is in Romanian localization.

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