Originally Posted by HelenaAG
Hi foosa, unfortunately there is no way to disable smilies from the userCP at all or seen that option on any another site.
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Thanks for the follow up. I looked into this a bit and I found some open Jira tickets for vbulletin on this option. Bad news for me it was from 2010 and still open.
As a work around Ad Block+ can block the smilie elements in most cases. Not perfect but better than nothing.
Again thanks for the follow up.