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Help, my site is suddenly populated with weird characters, like this:

“Do what you love and do it often,†“If you don’t like your job, quit,†and “Travel often; Getting lost will help you find yourself.â€

What do I do to remove it?

Link to Website.

Here's an example.

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"Suddenly"? You really should find out, what has corrupted your data – this looks like the charset of either your database, database connection or HTML document has changed. Best option to get rid of those garbled chars, is to restore a backup of your database. In case you didn't have a backup start crying now and swear, that you will store backups regularly from now on. –  feeela Apr 29 '12 at 14:47
    
Your content is sent with a wrong charset value. An image won't do it, add a real URL to your question so we can see the HTTP headers. –  toscho Apr 29 '12 at 15:09
    
The site is causecapitalism.com –  songdogtech Apr 29 '12 at 16:44
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It appears that the site is still using the Unicode character set from the page header, but the database may have been corrupted. Ask Linode for a backup restore and/or if they changed anything with their MySQL servers.

If you don't run your own regular database backups, you should. Try WordPress › WP-DB-Backup « WordPress Plugins.

You can also use phpmyadmin at Linode to check the collation of the database and repair it. Or use WordPress › Portable phpMyAdmin « WordPress Plugins from inside the WP admin.

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You can try commenting out the encoding type in the wp-config. Sometimes that works.

//define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');

//define('DB_COLLATE','utf8_unicode_ci');

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