Misadventures in advertising

For the most part, companies hope that their copious ad spending will boost their image with consumers. These campaigns had the opposite effect.

Google
Google
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To test Google's ability to block harmful advertising, Belgian IT security consultant Didier Stevens posts an ad that reads "Is your PC virus-free? Get it infected here!" It is accepted by Google and displayed 259,723 times; 409 web surfers actually click on the ad.
Last updated December 18 2007: 12:27 PM ET

Procter & Gamble

Cartoon Network

Swiss newspaper

Google

The Toronto Blue Jays

The European Union

Chrysler

Taco Bell

Jessica Simpson

The Virginia Tourism Corp.

Iberia Airlines

Intel
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