why do favicon.* files automatically appear ???
They’re something Microsoft implemented and it caught on as a “standard” of sorts.
Most browsers will check for and use a favicon graphic nowadays.
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To avoid extra load on servers (and probably to make more thin the error logs) the large explanation it’s http://www.dreamhoststatus.com/2009/06/10/faviconico-favicongif-and-robotstxt-update/ here.
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