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Are you one of those people who goes ahead and presses "the big red flashing button" when you're explicitly told not to? I can't deny the fact that I have a little trouble restraining myself. So when I came across an article on Wired about Didier Stevens Google AdWords experiment, I knew I had to see if I'm the only curious cat out there. Stevens posted an ad on the net which read "Is your PC virus-free? Get it infected here!" and 409 people clicked on the ad. Luckily Stevens "Spamdexing R Us operation" was harmless and didn't corrupt any computers, but the fact that 409 people still clicked on the ad with its suggestive wording seems to be telling of just how savvy most web surfers are - or at least think they are. They tell us we're going to get infected and we know we're not. The worst part is Google, who usually trolls their ad content, let it go unnoticed. Do you think this was just tricky wording or people were clueless as to what they were clicking? Do you think you would click on the ad? Scary, especially since USA Today came out with this article.

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clbailey1 clbailey1 9 years
I try to reasearch dubious links when possible...and if I'm not sure, I stay away!
you never know with those links, it´s danger
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I right click it to view the link before I click. If I don't recognize it, I don't click.
wrtrgrl wrtrgrl 9 years
I wouldn't have thought it was a risky link. I would have assumed it was a typo or bait. Since I work for a search marketing firm, I might have found out who the company was and sent a suggestion to sales that they need someone new to handle their ppc. BTW, I don't think there was anything for Google to "catch: here.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
when it's on a trustworthy sites, maybe
jendudley jendudley 9 years
You would not believe the people that come into the library never having used a computer before. It is unbelievable. Also the number of people who come up to the desk and ask what they have won. WELL DUHHHH. Just because you read it doesn't make it true, people!
catstarr catstarr 9 years
No way! I stay away from most links online - its a scary world!
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