HP 'Touch me' ads written by Gary Glitter
The computer firm used a cover version of Glitter's 1973 song Do You Wanna Touch Me to promote TouchSmart TV and he could have received up to £100,000 in royalties, reports said.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was returned to the UK in August after spending 27 months in a Vietnam jail for abusing two young girls in 2006.
US campaign group Child AbuseWatch.net called for the boycott of all HP products and a public apology.
"The goal was to encourage HP to revise or remove the ad from airplay due to the poor taste and judgment by HP that using the track reflects in the face of our national child sexual abuse crisis," a spokesman for the group said.