Kamini Kandica Abdool
I’ve been called a “Dingbat” before but it’s not me we’re talking about! Dingbats and virus fonts are a popular idea that people use to implement better graphics into their design and writing programs. However, it is not almost appropriate for your system. Downloading the wrong virus fonts can cause damages that cannot be repaired to your systems, documents and files.
I know that many people think, “oh, duh…. I saw the word virus so it must be bad.” Not true. To be perfectly honest almost all viruses are considered ethical until they meet up with a hijacker. The same is true for fonts and color templates and is actually one of the most frequent and unnoticeable means that unethical viruses are distributed.
The great thing about new Fonts is that it changes your document or design and it helps to displays your personal skill in the work-piece.
Calibri Algerian Agency FB Bauhaus 93 Broadway Arial
With these and other new fonts and format styles, many designers of graphic arts, designs, and writers implements a more personable ethic into their work-pieces and with continuous effort create a template for their own unique style. It is no wonder that these formats get so much attention! So much so that outside of the 100-300 Fonts given by Windows, there are over 3000 more that are downloadable on the internet through websites like http://www.urbanfonts.com/fonts/virus.htm
As much as the need is for the end user, the need to hijack computers by pirates and internet offenders feel the need to distribute unethical viruses. Why do I say that? Unethical, I mean? Well because fonts and other formatting mechanisms are written in that form to “attach” to the already installed program. These, if legitimate are called ethical viruses.
Unethical viruses tend to show around fonts and color viruses because they download into programs like “Clip-Art” for Microsoft, Adobe® Photoshop®, Macomedia, and computer generic Paint and Wordpad. The corrupt damage is heavy and time reductive and recovery can be uncertain.
The best way to remove these viruses and recover files, pictures and graphics without damage is to search a virus database for frequents font and color unethical viruses and additive files and follow the instructions to have them carefully removed. Symantec and Trend Micro offer very good knowledge bases for such information.
Some popular font and color viruses are:
SymbOS.Skulls.I (Affects Symbian OS) W32.HLLW.Syney.mm (Worm that affects Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP)
http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2005-112115-0533-99&tabid=2; “SymbOS.Skulls.I”; Symantec Knowledge Base; 05/2005.
http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2003-090916-2243-99&tabid=2; “W32.HLLW.Syney.mm”; Symantec Knowledge Base; 09/2003.