Yes, robots can click on ads. Crawlers have been fetching Javascript files at least as far back as 2004, possibly earlier. I first documented a crawler fetching Javascript from one of my servers in 2004.

Google and Bing and other crawler operators have been working to fully render Web pages for years; this research and development entails the necessary execution of Javascript. As recently (or as long ago) as April 25, 2012 Google’s Matt Cutts confirmed that Google has the ability to “actually process some of the Javascript…especially people use Javascript to help with navigation ….”

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