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Virus deleting all fonts

By matt5968 ·
I have xp after rebooting one day I found my norton antivirus diabled and any windows dialog had strange characters no patteren. I checked fonts folder and found all fonts deleted. I had to reinstall norton and ran it in safe mode but did not help.. I tried to reinstall fonts but when I reboot it wipes it out again. anyone have any Ideas as what I have.. Thanks All

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to Virus deleting all fonts

First in your internet connection, enable the xp firewall, (2x the connection, properties, advance tab, protect my computer from the internet)
install xp sp1, then install the security patches via

in the case you need to reinstall xp, follow these steps before installing additional software.


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after this and you reinstall norton, update the virus defintions and run a full scan on the computer

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by Oz_Media In reply to Virus deleting all fonts

Try an online scanner for free and see if it identifies the virus, it sounds like an OLD virus and I can't remember the name. Trend Micro's House Call online scan.

Once you have identified the virus, you can search for a removal tool. ie. 'klez removal tool'

This will bring back (probably from Norton)a free repair and registry fix tool.
You may need to reinstall your icons after this, but it will stop the virus from running again on boot.

You either have it in your startup file (START>RUN> type 'MSCONFIG'with no quotes > ENTER) or in one of your registry files (which the cleaner will find).

Norton was probably discabled just as most AV programs would be. In future, if you find you have problems with Norton, don't be surprised, it is a resource hog. If problems with Norton persist, download AVG free edition from and use ADAWARE to remove spyware and ads (

post back if you need more help.

Good luck,

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by jschein In reply to Virus deleting all fonts

Above two answers are correct.

Before you do any of those steps, also DISABLE your system restore... Right click MY Computer -->Properties --> System restore --> DISABLE or turn off (can't recall).

If your system restore is enabled, everything will come back just the way it was.

Run the adaware cleaner, trend micros online virus checker, move those font files back, reboot, re-enable system restore.

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