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OS 10.4 - Strange tiny numbers instead of letters in safari

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Hi. I have an example shot of my problem here -

In my safari web browser, in some pages, instead of normal letters there are hundreds of what look like tiny fractions and sometimes there is writing that looks like another language. I don't know what it is? I've been downloading a lot of bit torrents lately, could it be a virus? Thanks to anyone who has an idea of what it is.
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It isn't a virus. Are you running Safari's 3.0 beta? It uses an installer, so quit Safari and run Disk Utility's permissions repair, just in case.

You could also try the fsck -fy fix here.
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Sometimes caused by a corrupted font.
Font Book > Validate fonts
Resolving duplicates wouldn't hurt either

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Couldn't you guys read that? It said that wikedpedia is having a really cool party and we are all invited. Ok maybe it didn't. I agree with torchy on this. Fonts have corrupted.

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A bit late, I know... just found this forum and I believe I may have a solution for you, as it happened to me as well. I went into font book and disabled the font Helvetica Fractions. Once it was turned off, the problem disappeared!
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