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If you go to a website with jumbled content, and there appears a pop-up prompting you to download a missing font before you can read the contents …
… Don’t Do It …. It’s a Trap!
The scam is a recent attack that changes website text so that it looks as if a font is missing. The purpose is to get users to download and install an alleged update for Chrome that adds the font to the system.
The popup is made to look as if it is an official prompt from the Chrome browser itself. It features a Google logo, and reads:
The “HoeflerText” font wasn’t found.
The web page you are trying to load is displayed incorrectly, as it uses the “HoeflerText” font. To fix the error and display the text, you have to update the “Chrome Font Pack”.
It displays a fake manufacturer and Chrome Font Pack version information. A click on the update button downloads an executable file (Chrome_font.exe) to your system, and changes the popup to display information on how to run the executable file to update Chrome fonts.
What makes this scam particularly appealing is that everything about the browser message looks legit, from the type of “missing font” and the dialog window, to the Chrome logo and the right shade of blue on the “update” button.
What you can do
The only option you have is to wait until the site owner fixes the website to remove the malicious scripts running on it. Once done, it should go back to normal provided the cleaning was thorough.
This is another case for the informed computer user not falling for simple scams.
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