I experience a problem similar to Weird Characters in Google Chrome

Here's a screenshot on the website http://getfwd.com
weird characters

I've tried:

  • Removing fonts I have installed
  • Setting the encoding to Western, UTF-8, Greek, Automatic
  • Changing the fonts used in Google Chrome
  • Removing Google Chrome, including all application data/user profiles
  • Running CCleaner
  • Reinstalling Google Chrome, twice
  • Installing Chromium (fonts display fine in Chromium)
  • Turning off Windows ClearType
  • Changing Windows/Chrome languages from English (Australia) to US, UK
  • Restarting Windows several times after making changes

All of which did not work. I do not connect over VPN/proxy.

Can anyone give me any tips?

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

  • So you removed the fonts, did you then install them again correctly ? In Google Chrome Settings have you set the Encoding to UTF-8? My Settings look like this: Standard Font→ Times New Roman, Serif Font→ Times New Roman, Sans-Serif Font→ Arial, Fixed-width font→ Courier New, Encoding→ Utf-8 Unicode – Devid Mar 7 '13 at 11:57

Maybe this would help:

Improve font rendering in Google Chrome 35 or newer on Windows (April 15, 2014)


The main issue here is that Chrome uses Windows GDI to render fonts while most modern web browsers that run on Windows use DirectWrite instead.

The Chrome development team has integrated full support for DirectWrite into Chrome Beta -- and Dev and Canary as well -- but have not enabled it by default.A


  1. Type or paste chrome://flags into the browser's addressbar and hit enter.
  2. Hit F3 and type directwrite. Chrome should jump to the Enable DirectWrite experiment right away.
  3. Click on the enable link to activate it.
  4. A relaunch now button appears that you need to click on to restart the browser.


It worked for me. Apparently, the problem is with the rendering of web fonts.


It seems to be an issue with Helvetica and Helvetica Neue. Twitch.tv provided a solution that worked for mere here: http://support.twitch.tv/discussion/4148/garbled-text-in-chrome-read-this

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    Please add a bit of summary, the link will break sometime... – vonbrand Apr 23 '13 at 23:56
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    It actually appears to have broken already. – Jon Jul 10 '14 at 22:23

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