By default wordpress now has emoji icons enabled as from wordpress version 4.2.
I also notice that AVG anti virus professional is alerting every time I visit a wordpress site with them enabled. So far, I beleive this is a false positive, as having scanned the sites, all is reporting clear from virus and malware.
Note: clearing the checkbox in settings – writing (Convert emoticons like
How to Disable Emojis in WordPress 4.2
In your functions.php, add the following lines:
// REMOVE WP EMOJI ICONS remove_action('wp_head', 'print_emoji_detection_script', 7); remove_action('wp_print_styles', 'print_emoji_styles'); remove_action( 'admin_print_scripts', 'print_emoji_detection_script' ); remove_action( 'admin_print_styles', 'print_emoji_styles' );