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safari font virus

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Aug 6, 2012 5:55 PM

i recently baught a mac off a friend and the font on safari is a grafitti font that im not able to read.. i asked him and he said he downloaded some font package off a risky  website    i called apple and they dont know how to fix it! any help?!  its only safari  btwPicture 1.png

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,015 points)
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    Aug 6, 2012 6:13 PM (in response to d.a.b)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    Aug 6, 2012 8:02 PM (in response to d.a.b)

    Boot from the installation disc, erase the internal drive, and install a clean copy of OS X. Reboot and import your data in Setup Assistant.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
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    Aug 6, 2012 8:09 PM (in response to d.a.b)

    dab --  You do not need to erase the drive!  It's an easy fix.

     

    You have a Font Book application in your main Applications folder.

    You need to open that up, and physically view all your fonts.  It's tedious, but you will see the culprit if you do that.  What MIGHT save you time, is to check out the "Fun" family fonts first, on the pane on the left.  Select the View All Fonts option.

     

    That is a poorly-written free font, and they are almost always built on top of a real legit font, and therefore they substitute themselves for the "real" font. 

     

    There are all sorts of other advice  we still have, should it seem hopeless.  But I'm positive you will find it if you just take the time in Font Book.

     

    All the best  Let us know how you're doing., OK?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    Aug 6, 2012 8:28 PM (in response to ~Bee)

    This is a used computer bought from someone who admits to downloading things from a "risky website."

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
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    Aug 6, 2012 8:35 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    It doesn't matter if it came from a risky (aka Torrents) website or not.  His presenting symptom/problem will be solved when he identifies the font and deletes it.  THEN he can monitor to see if he has any more problems.  If he has several more weird problems that often come from Torrents, etc., he can then wipe the disk.  At this point, I don't think it's necessary.  IMHO, of course.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,430 points)
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    Aug 6, 2012 8:45 PM (in response to d.a.b)

    Maybe I should clarify my previous statement. The reason why you need to erase the drive is not that you're having font problems. You need to erase the drive because you don't know what's on it. To use the machine in its present state makes as much sense as wearing second-hand clothing that hasn't been washed.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
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    Aug 6, 2012 8:54 PM (in response to Linc Davis)

    I understood your previous statement.  I still would rather recommend a removal of the spot, rather than an amputation as this point in the discussion.  In your analogy, I am recommending washing the garment, rather than throwing the whole garment away. 

     

    I suggest we let the Original Poster decide, and try whatever is comfortable to him. I would be happy to continue this conversation in the "other place," or privately, if you would prefer. In the meanwhile, I don't want our OP to feel as though he'd stepped into a pile of doo-doo.  It's really not about who's right or wrong.  It's about figuring out what addresses this poster's problem.  I don't care which of our three suggestions are "right."  Just that he finds his solution here . . .

     

    So. d.a.b., have you tried anything . . . how are you doing?  Any questions?

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,920 points)
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    Aug 7, 2012 1:27 PM (in response to d.a.b)

    I've got to agree with Linc (sorry, ~Bee!)...  using the machine in its current state is too risky.  There could be malware on it, since your friend had been downloading stuff from risky sites.  I always recommend erasing the hard drive on any used machine and reinstalling the system from scratch.  Not only does that eliminate any risk from possible malware, but it also eliminates any corruption in the system troublesome third-party apps and user-specific settings.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,565 points)
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    Aug 7, 2012 4:07 PM (in response to thomas_r.)

    OK, I will reconsider.  However, while we're having this discussion, I'm afraid we've lost the Original Poster, which makes me sad. 

     

    d.a.b. -- Where are ya???

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