It was just a huge disappointment. And after spending something like 100 hours on trying to get Guru to work, I finally just went out and bought something else.
I've used a lot of iJoomla components in the past and have been extremely satisfied, but this one... no. Sorry, complete disappointment.
Not sure why you were having all these issues. Usually it's due to a conflict with a bad template or a 3rd party extension. Guru is being used by thousands of sites without a problem.
Many Joomla newbies install dozens of extensions mindlessly and then blame the developer that things are not working. I suggest the ones who are reading this to go and check out our demo site and see for yourself that there is no stalling or hanging of pages of any sort :-)
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, I'm happy my plugin was able to help you out. I wrote this plugin because I was having the same issue, plus trying to train my clients on how to embed videos with crazy code was never fun. So I wrote a plugin that made it stupid simple to add YouTube videos, copy and paste the URL or the share URL in to any article that's it :O)
Again thanks for the review.
If you are having an issue with the emoticons, please let us know on the Ninja Forge forums and we will see what we can do to help. :-)