PuTTY is was displaying some weird characters due to incorrectly set character set (credit to previous SU question for helping me figure that out)
Now that I know switching the Received data assumed to be in which character set: would address this issue, how would I fix this in all of my saved sessions? I tried changing it in the Default Settings session but it did not propagate to the other sessions.
Might just need to do it manual which is okay I suppose. But I do have almost 30 sessions.