'Error Code: B4259F' Pop-Ups
The 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups are part of a known tactic that is designed to trick inexperienced computer users into calling a bogus technical support number. The 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups target French-speaking computer users and mimic the appearance of the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), a screen that shows up when the Windows operating system crashes. Like similar tactics, the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups will try to convince computer users that there has been a fatal error on their computers, which requires technical support. The 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups provide a phone number. However, there is no veracity to any of the claims contained in the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups. When computer users call the phone number linked to the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups, the con artists will attempt to trick them into paying hundreds of dollars for a fake technical support service. The people associated with the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups will also try to intrude on the victim's computer to collect information or carry out other questionable activities.
The 'Error Code: B4259F' Pop-Ups Hoax and Similar Online Tactics
Hoaxes like the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups use social engineering, a technique that involves lying to computer users to convince them that they should install threats on their computers or pay large amounts of money for non-existent services. As part of the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups tactic, the scammers will try to convince the computer user that they are contacting a legitimate technical support service and that it is necessary to pay hundreds of dollars to remove the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups error messages from their computers. As part of this supposed technical support service, they will ask the computer user to install a Remote Desktop Application or RAT (Remote Access Tool). Using the access given to them through these kinds of programs, con artists can access the victim's information, install threatening components on the victim's computer, or spread the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups to people on the victim's email and social network contact lists.
What may Cause the 'Error Code: B4259F' Pop-Ups
The 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups may be caused by a PUP (Potentially uUnwanted Program) installed on the victim's computer. PUPs are not threatening, but may cause numerous symptoms reminiscent of threats. Some of the symptoms associated with these PUPs and pop-ups may include poor system performance, changes to the affected computer's settings and additional pop-up content. The 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups also may be caused by poorly regulated advertisement content on websites viewed by the computer user. It is simple to note whether the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups are being caused by a PUP or by advertisements on the affected website: if the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups are appearing no matter the website being visited, then the likely cause is a PUP. The 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups that appear only when visiting one particular website may indicate a problem with the website itself rather than with any components installed on the affected computer.
The 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups use a background and coloring that is designed to remind computer users of the dreaded BSOD. The full text of the most common 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups is:
Confirmation de Navigation
Le problème est causé par une activité inhabituelle effectuée sur cette machine.
Code erreur : B4259F
Appelez le support technique au 01 78 90 46 74 et communiquez le code erreur au technicien.
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When computer users try to close the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups, additional pop-ups appear asking them if they are positive they wish to close the page. In fact, they are designed so that computer users cannot exit the 'Error Code: B4259F' pop-ups without shutting down their computers, using the Task Manager or another alternative method.
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