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Skype and browser highlighter making a mess of website code

We recently had some issues where some strange html code was making it's way into the pages of our website. It was showing up but no one knew why or from where. Some speculated that it was the source of an unintended copy paste, but some searches on google proved otherwise. Many people were having the same problem and were perplexed as to where it was coming from. The following is the junk code that was being inserted into people's websites and blogs.

<input id="gwProxy" type="hidden" /><input id="jsProxy" onclick="jsCall();" type="hidden" />

The ultimate source of this junk code turns out to be a plugin installed in the browser when you install skype. Skype doesn't ask you if you'd like these extra plugins, it just installs away without your knowledge. The plugin that is the culprit in this case is called "Browser Highlighter". You can disable this plugin in firefox by going to the menu, Tools -> Addons, then locate the plugin, select it then either disable it or uninstall it. It is such a mischievous little plugin.


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