Help FAQs


Account

Opening an account with VirusFonts enables you to access your order history, retrieve your downloads and keep your information up to date. It means that, when you are logged in, you do not need to re-enter your information when purchasing new fonts.

If you have lost or forgotten your password then you can reset it by entering your email or username in the account area. You will receive a link to create a new password via email.

Simply head to the account area, where you can edit your account details, add a billing address and view your order history and downloads.

Your information is safe. We take all necessary precautions to make your data as secure as possible. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.

Buying Fonts

We accept payment via the major credit cards Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Your online transaction is safe. We take all necessary precautions to make your data as secure as possible. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.

Whilst the UK is still operating under the rules of the EU, users based in the EU must pay the UK VAT tax rate of 20%. For more information please see our Terms of Use.

Whilst the UK is still operating under the rules of the EU, we are accepting VAT registration codes from EU countries. Add yours to the VAT Number field in the Billing Details section of the Checkout. For more information please see our Terms of Use.

We offer the opportunity to purchase all our typefaces as single styles. Since the relaunch of our type library in 2016, single styles now include alternate characters which are accessible via the OpenType palette.

We occasionally we offer promotional discounts. To find more about these, create an account or join our mailing list.

Yes. VirusFonts has a legacy of creating custom typefaces for all manner of applications. We’d love to hear from you about your project, no matter how large or small. You can see examples on the Custom page.

If you wish to purchase Exocet, Mason Sans and Serif, Priori Sans and Serif, and Priori Acute, you must do so via the Emigre site, as they own the exclusive right to distribute these typefaces.

Licensing and Use

You may purchase a licence for another person. However, Desktop licences are allocated to a single geographic location. Assuming that you and your client are based in different geographical locations, you will both need to purchase a separate Desktop licences. For more information please read our Desktop EULA.

If you have a publishing system that can be accessed remotely, you can purchase a Server licence which will allow both you to use the fonts on such a system and as such, a single Server licence will cover this. For more information please read our Server EULA.

Yes. We have two licensing options for online use. If you wish to use the font software to serve your website, you should purchase a Web licence. If you wish to use the font software to create dynamic HTML5 digital adverts, then you should purchase a Digital Ad licence. For both these licensing options you will receive the font formats Embedded OpenType (EOT), Web Open Font Format (WOFF) and Web Open Font Format 2 (WOFF2).

To design a logo you should purchase a desktop licence. This will enable you to use desktop software to design and output the logo as an uneditable image file. You may then display or distribute it via an open network. For more information please read our Desktop EULA.

Your licensed usage depends on the licence band that you go for. For Desktop licences, we offer licences from up to 5 users to up to 1000 users. One user means a single user account (and a single installation) on a desktop device. If multiple user accounts are engaged on the same device, they will each constitute a single user. For more information, please read our Desktop EULA.

If you made a mistake with your licensing information, please purchase a new license with the correct details and we will then refund your original incorrect order.

If you want to use the font software to render text for titling or credits (or any other text) for broadcast media including television programmes, video or motion picture, you should purchase a Broadcast licence. If you want to create print advertising for your programme, you should purchase a Desktop licence.

If you wish to embed the fonts in a mobile application, then you should purchase a licence for Mobile Applications. If you wish to embed the fonts in a video game or an application for a desktop device, then you should contact us for a special licence.

To publish an iPad magazine or any other electronic publication, you must purchase a licence for Electronic Publications. Licences are licensed per issue.

If your publishing system is accessible in more than one geographic location, via an open network (including any cloud-based system or the internet) then you should purchase a Server licence.

If you wish to embed the fonts in a product that is offered to the general public as part of a commercial transaction, the it is considered to be a commercial product. We offer four types of licence that allow different types of commercial products to be created and distributed. Two, for Electronic Publications and Mobile Applications are available for download. To purchase a licence for the other two, Video Games and Desktop Applications, you should contact us.

A Non-Commercial licence is a reduced version of the Desktop licence, available for two of our pictogram typefaces, Olympukes and Olympukes 2012. It allows the use of the typeface in non-commercial designs such as student projects. If there is a commercial transition related to the use of the typeface, such as publishing an illustration in a book which is offered for sale, then you should buy a commercial Desktop licence.

If your company server is only accessible in a single geographic location (i.e. not accessible via the internet or any other open network) then you should purchase a Desktop licence for the number of users that will access the server. For example, if there are 25 user accounts that can connect to the server and access the Font Software, then a licence must be obtained which allows a Licensed Use for 25 Users. For more information please read our Desktop EULA.

If your publishing system is accessible in more than one geographic location, via an open network (including any cloud-based system or the internet) then you should purchase a Server licence.

VirusFonts owns the copyright to the designs of all our typefaces. As a user, you are licensed to use the font software but you do not own the right to the design itself. For more information please read the terms of our EULAs.

We can create a licence according to your needs, so if you want to publish a Video Game, Desktop Application, or you wish to combine a number of our licence options in a single custom licence, please contact us.

Post Purchase

If you have an account with VirusFonts you can access your all your previous orders in the account area. Once you have logged into the your account, browse the Order History & Downloads section, click View to access your order and then Download each font from the order page.

Once you have made your purchase, you will be transferred to an order confirmation page on which you can download your fonts. You can also download previous orders from your account area.

If you did not manage to download your font successfully you should attempt the download again. Follow the link in your order email or log in to your account, view your order, then download your font.

Sure. Your ‘cat’ ate your files. More likely that you left your laptop on the last train to Reading. If you have an account with VirusFonts you can access your all your previous orders. Once logged in, view your order, then download your font.

Installation

Decompress your zip file. You will find your font files in the folder /Font-Name-Desktop/OTF/. We recommend using a font management application to manage your fonts, such as Font Book or FontExplorer X. Add the font files to your library and enable.

Sometimes if you work on a mac – even if you are trying to install a brand new licensed font – the default font manager programme Font Book can produce a “Font Validation” pop-up warning window. In this case the software is being overly cautious and there is nothing actually wrong with your newly licensed font. You can safely select the font from the Font Validation window and install it.

Decompress your zip file. You will find your font files in the folder \Font-Name-Desktop\OTF. We recommend using a font management application to manage your fonts, such as Font Book or FontExplorer X. Add the font files to your library and enable. Alternatively, right-click the font files and select install, or move the font files into the Fonts folder, usually located in C:\Windows\Fonts or C:\WINNT\Fonts.

All fonts in the VirusFonts library (with the exception of VujaDe) support 72 languages which are: Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Crimean Tatar (Latin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, German, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Karelian, Kirundi, Kurdish (Latin), Ladin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxemburgish, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Māori, Norn, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Occitan, Palauan, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romance, Romani, Romanian, Sango, Sámi (Northern), Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Slovak, Slovene, Sorbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog (Filipino), Tahitian, Tokelauan, Tsonga, Turkish, Umbundu, Veps, Welsh, Wolof, Zulu.

Formats

For Broadcast, Desktop, ePub, MobileApp, Server, NonCommercial and OpenSource licences you will receive an Opentype font (OTF). For Digital Ad and Web licences, you will receive Web Open Font Format 1.0 (WOFF), Web Open Font Format 2.0 (WOFF2) and Embedded Open Type (EOT).

OpenType is a font file format that provides many advantages over the older formats Type 1 and TrueType. These advantages include: cross-platform capability, the potential to offer a nearly unlimited character set, and advanced typographic capabilities such as the inclusion of alternate character sets and different figure styles. OpenType is now the standard font format and as a result we will no longer be offering Type 1 or TrueType.

OpenType Features

Many of our typefaces feature an alternate character set which can be activated using OpenType Commands.

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Figure styles offer versatility when working with numbers. Figure styles can be activated using OpenType commands; these differ according to the software application that you are using.

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Ligatures were popularised during the era of movable type, when single block ligatures would replace unsightly glyph combinations. Opentype allows a high degree of flexibility when working with ligatures by offering two options: standard and discretionary.

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Web Fonts

We have compiled a guide to using VirusFonts for the web, which is available on this site and is included with every web and digital ad download. It includes information how to install your fonts as well as how to work with them using CSS.

You can use VirusFonts for the web on a WordPress site by using the the CSS3 @font-face rule. Simply follow these simple steps:

1. Use an FTP client to upload the font files from your WebFontKit into your web hosting service in the location: public_html/your-site/wp-content/themes/your-theme/fonts

2. Copy the code from the CSS file provided with your WebFontKit.

3. Login in to your WordPress dashboard and click on Appearance > Editor. Access your stylesheet, then paste the CSS code into your stylesheet.

For more information about working with WordPress themes, visit the WordPress Codex.

You can use VirusFonts for the web on a Squarespace site by using the the CSS3 @font-face rule. Simply follow these steps:

1. Login to you Squarespace account and select Design / Custom CSS.

2. Copy the code from the CSS file provided with your WebFontKit.

3. Paste the CSS code into the Squarespace Custom CSS field.

4. At the bottom of the Custom CSS field, click Manage Custom Files. Follow the steps to upload the font files, then paste the correct path to the font files.

For more information about using the Squarespace CSS Editor, visit Squarespace Support.

You can use VirusFonts for the web on a Shopify site by using the the CSS3 @font-face rule. Simply follow these steps:

1. Download your theme from the Edit HTML/CSS page. Move the font files from your WebFontKit to the assets folder of the unzipped theme (do not add a sub-folder).

2. Move the CSS file from your WebFontKit to the assets folder.

3. Re-zip your theme and upload it to your site.

4. Add this code to the head element of theme.liquid:
{{ "Coma-Regular.css" | asset_url | stylesheet_tag }}

Please note, the reference Coma-Regular.css should be replaced with the correct CSS filename as it appears in your kit.

For more information about editing your Shopify theme, visit the Shopify Help Centre and Shopify Blog.