Thanks for your analysis of this problem. Iâ€™ve been using PSPad for years and have kept up with the updates. After updating to 5.0.6, PSPad became so unstable as to be unusable. Several times a day Iâ€™d get that rogue â€śĂżâ€ť character often followed by other unwanted characters mysteriously appearing in files. Iâ€™ve tried several adjustments to settings (shooting in the dark) but nothing works. Iâ€™ve reverted to version 5.0.4 (543) 32 bit for now. There are many alternatives editor but none suits me like PSPad, when itâ€™s working properly. Kudos to Jan Fiala at. al. for such a well thought out design. But please, make it work.
-- <https://forum.pspad.com/read.php?4,76932,77401> PSPad freeware editor https://www.pspad.com