“The needed font wasn’t found” scam is a fraudulent message, stating that a web page users are trying to reach is displayed incorrectly. The issue is explained to have occurred because “Chrome Font Pack” is obsolete. In order to fix the problem, the pop-up states that people have to install the “Enhanced Search Engine”. In the past, we have reviewed more than one similar scam: “The Roboto Condensed font was not found” is one of the fraudulent notifications that distributed malware. Security researchers are frequently warning people about these font-related hoaxes (Beware!).
“The needed font wasn’t found” fake alert can infect people with malware infections
“The needed font wasn’t found” fake message should be treated the same as “The Mercury Text Font Was Not Found”. In some cases, even devastating ransomware viruses are being delivered via these pop-ups. One of the most notorious examples is the “HoeflerText” notification which was considered capable of delivering Locky crypto-malware (Font).
In some cases, after people install Chrome Font Pack from “The needed font wasn’t found” rogue message, their operating systems become severely damaged. For instance, NetSupport Manager Remote Access Tool could be implanted into devices. For this reason, hackers might receive remote access to operating systems and initiate commands (How).
Users should try to avoid potentially dangerous programs and never interact with suspicious pop-ups. “The needed font wasn’t found” scam and similar preceding messages are pretty well known; therefore, we hope that barely any people will be convinced to download the malicious Chrome extension.
Various types of malware infection could arrive into devices from “The needed font wasn’t found” virus. It could be ransomware, it could be adware, but it also could be spyware. This means that an unknown third-party will be able to record your sessions, monitor online activities, steal credentials, install key loggers and do all sorts of other damage (What).
Even though the text does not render and you are being presented with a solution from “The needed font wasn’t found” pop-up, you should think rationally. Security researchers are constantly warning people about third-party ads. Bear in mind that majority of the online adverts (especially the ones automatically opened) could be involved in deceptive strategies and fraud.
How can people keep their devices malware-free?
If you should learn one thing from this article, it is that you are discouraged from interacting with random online ads. They might be malware-laden and lead users to websites that are operated by hackers. If you notice a suspicious ad, close it immediately. However, if adware has already slithered into your device, this will mean that you have to clean your system in order to prevent ads from appearing.
Install Spyhunter and find out everything there is to know about your device. If this tool detects some disturbing content, it will provide a quick and easy fix. Adware parasites can also travel with other freeware tools. To avoid redundant applications, we suggest you to select advanced/custom modes for every setup you launch.
It is unknown which program is currently generating this message. We provide you with instructions that might help. However, it would be best to run a full security scan.
How to remove “The needed font wasn’t found” scam using Windows Control PanelMany hijackers and adware like “The needed font wasn’t found” scam install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
- Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel and then press Enter (Windows 8, Windows 10).
- Choose Uninstall Program (if you don't see it, click in the upper right next to "View by" and select Category).
- Go through the list of programs and select entries related to “The needed font wasn’t found” scam . You can click on "Name" or "Installed On" to reorder your programs and make “The needed font wasn’t found” scam easier to find.
- Click the Uninstall button. If you're asked if you really want to remove the program, click Yes.
- In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
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