Comic Sans

Can someone please make a “virus” that removes Comic Sans from PCs?

The optimal vector, I think, would be through an attachment to or link contained in a “FORWARD THIS TO 10 PEOPLE OR THE BABY KITTENS ALL DIE” emails and it’ll spread like wildfire.

Combined with a twitter link to a bogus app that will tell you “Which celebrities are secretly following you on twitter?” and a Facebook app to tell you your “Compatibility score with celebrity Facebook profiles”, you should cover 99.9% of the Internet in less than 24 hours.

About Chad Myers

Chad Myers is the Director of Development for Dovetail Software, in Austin, TX, where he leads a premiere software team building complex enterprise software products. Chad is a .NET software developer specializing in enterprise software designs and architectures. He has over 12 years of software development experience and a proven track record of Agile, test-driven project leadership using both Microsoft and open source tools. He is a community leader who speaks at the Austin .NET User's Group, the ADNUG Code Camp, and participates in various development communities and open source projects.
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  • But Comic Sans is only “bad” if you use it in the wrong way, right? Extrapolating this reasoning to anything that makes it easy to make mistakes, you have a whole sea of “features” of .NET and C# that would also need to be removed.

  • Quick tip: whatever you do, do not uninstall the font as a counter measure. I did once: that way, you no longer notice that people send you stuff in Comic Sans, you might even be forwarding or annotating their stuff in Comic Sans and never realize it until it is too late…

  • This would have the added advantage that it would target the people who are most likely to use Comic Sans.

  • Richard Smith

    Comic sans is only horrendously misused because there aren’t a whole lot of alternative friendly, slightly informal but still readable fonts *installed by default* on the PCs of the kind of people who misuse it. Even on my Windows 7 box, there are only maybe a couple of fonts with a similar feel to them. I don’t like Comic sans myself, but I recognise why it gets abused.
    A better virus would replace Comic sans with Wingdings, and reconfigure Clippy to say “It looks like you’re trying to use Comic Sans. Why don’t you give Eras a go for a change?” Chances are the targets will still have versions of Office that still have it as a feature…

  • I happen to *like* comic sans. ¬†Except it’s not monospace, so useless for coding.