Quote Originally Posted by HenrikOlsen View Post
Even if it's legit, it's moronic, a 1x1 pixel image in a 10+kB file. It fits in 35 bytes if stored as gif.
And the unfortunate fact that http://www.hqhrt.com/ shows an Apache test page makes it rather unlikely to be legit, though it's stuffed in there as if it was a tracking/statistics gathering link.
Code:
<div id="footer_copyright" class="shade footer_copyright">
<img style="display:none" src="http://hqhrt.com/content/73/tran.jpg" />
	<!-- Do not remove this copyright notice -->
	Powered by <a href="http://www.vbulletin.com" id="vbulletinlink">vBulletin®</a> Version 4.1.6 <br />Copyright © 2012 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved. 
	<!-- Do not remove this copyright notice -->	
</div>
That said, it loads faster for me than the other images which may be related to the IP being in Sweden.
The thing I see loading slowest is the Skype presence icon next to IsaacKuo's avatar which took 24 seconds to load.
I spot-checked other vBulletin sites. Some of them have it, and some of them don't. I can't find any official discussion on the vBulletin forums about it. I'm going to try to get Fraser's attention and have him look into it.