Google Chrome Browser Displaying Italic Fonts Only – The Fix

Looking for a fix for the problem of italic fonts displaying as standard in Google Chrome browser?

You will have been Googling, tweaking your settings, and adjusting stuff that wasnt broke before. And you have still drawn a blank, right?

Whatever you do, Google Chrome still resolutely displays all fonts on most websites in a dreadful italic font.

Read on……..

If like me, you eschewed the buggy Internet Explorer ages ago, you will have become a Chrome devotee. Not much goes wrong with Chrome, but this is a bug, and one I found how to fix. Of course, as they say, your mileage may vary, but this has worked for everyone I know who has tried it.

Google Chrome typically updates itself, the version I found giving me problems is the latest version 37.0.2062.103 that self-updated. One day it was fine, next morning, all italics! Grrr.

The problem you have on your machine is caused because of a clash between Chrome and a programme called “Pressreader” distributed by Newspaper Direct, Inc. If you have that programme installed, which as far as I can tell is a little plugin that helps you read online newspapers – the fault lies in the way that programme defines fonts somehow that gets Chrome upset.

So there is a little download programme here that is the fix.


That comes straight from the site. You download and install it (takes seconds).

Close Chrome, open Chrome again and the problem should be fixed.

I will note that this isn’t my programme, I didn’t write it, I don’t host it, and if you think it may be virus-laden and from a dodgy source, scan it or do whatever you need to do with it to convince yourself its safe. All I can tell you is that it fixed my Chrome italic issue in moments.

If this fixes your Chrome italic issue, please use the comments box below to say so, or if you know a better fix, post that too.

It may be the case that this hasn’t fixed your Chrome italic issue.

If you have that pressreader programme, you could try deleting it and see if that works.

One thing I tried was a system restore to take my machine back a few days. That worked too in that it reversed the Chrome update, but it also made all my saved passwords disappear and auto-log ins not work. SO I updated Chrome and the issue came back (hence I knew what to look for).

If all else fails, you may need to use another browser until the next Chrome update. But please do not use the buggy Internet Explorer.

Firefox works, although I am not a huge fan of it for no particular reason.

One I do like is a Russian one called Yandex. Its basically Russia’s answer to Google Chrome. You can find it >>here<<. Certain aspects of it default to Russian the first few times you use it, but toggle them back to English with the bar and it soon remembers, and will only work in English from then on. Its a great browser that you will see borrows more than a little from Chrome. In my opinion, its a tad faster. For those who don't know who or what Yandex is, there is a Wikipedia page on the browser >>here<<. If you have any comments, you are welcome to use the comment box below.

What Happened to Anonymity Online?

What exactly did happen to anonymity online? And do we really need it?

I think that people were generally more likely to use pseudonyms or post anonymously back in the 1990’s; yet nowadays it seems everyone’s almost too open about themselves.

Just look at older interactive site or forum, and about 90% of them are run by staff going under usernames related to the topic in a generally anonymous way. And many of the members are a bit more secretive than people online now.

But then when you look on any more ‘modern’ website, it seems like hardly anyone is writing things pseudonymously (is that a word?) any more. Everyone gives their real name and photo, half the people there basically just use their Facebook or Twitter profiles rather than an actual forum profile, why?

When did anonymity become seen as a bad thing? Web 2.0 time? And why is this? Did the audience online change significantly enough that it attracted the types of people who wanted the internet to perfectly mirror the real world?

Some say “Blame reality TV shows………”

Maybe it is our expectation that everything on the internet should be free?

When you don’t pay for a service, you’re the merchandise being sold to the highest bidders, and that doesn’t work too well unless service providers pry away as much data they can from you.

We can also lay the blame at the door of Facebook, Twitter, Connect then Google+ (its easier to push people and sites to use its login system than it is to independently require their real names every time).

Some suggest that you’re perfectly anonymous all the time except when you explicitly decide to disclose your identity to select people every single time, or you know the people you address.

It still makes me wonder why people don’t just use fake names or whatever. It’s not exactly easy to verify for a free service like Facebook is it?

I guess login systems make it easier to have people use their real names, but why does it seem more authors and writers online in general seem to have dropped the anonymity and/or pseudonymity too?

When did just about every site become a blog?

Nobody after credibility will deny themselves the gains of getting their commentary validated and cited; especially in the mainstream press.

Building a reputation as a credible author is difficult behind anonymity, as its mostly used as a disposable/ephemeral persona meant to favour free expression safe from retaliation or persecution. This is not a concern for regular authors, who may still use pseudonyms either for privacy or due to pre-established fame.

Big data is now big business. They (Facebook, Google+ etc.) are doing everything they can to get you to disclose as much as they can about you.

Not only is the data on your very valuable but also the ability to track you, your lifestyle, and your commercial interests across the web and target ads at you.

Why does it seem like anonymity is going away? Because there is a billion dollar industry out there being born and people are working to make it seem that way so you’ll be more inclined to willingly give up your personal data to every site you encounter.

What are your thoughts about anonymity online, the information big sites demand of you and personal data protection? Tell us using the comment box below.

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Pinging is a way to inform Google, Yahoo and Ask of site updates. Many webmaster forums are informing people that it is not possible to “ping” Google and other engines. They are wrong – it is.

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