At the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, the world was scared to shit thanks to the sensationalist headlines of the press about two new major cyber threats: Meltdown and Spectre. Both vulnerabilities have been spotted on all Intel processors made after 1995 (except for Itanium and Atom prior to 2013), whilst just one of them, Spectre, affects every single processor on the planet, including those developed by AMD or ARM architectures included in mobile devices, tablets, smart TVs or servers.
Well, to assess the level of threat, different developers of the likes of Google and Microsoft have released their own diagnosis tools for our computers. We have to point out that's all based on a hardware error (not the design itself but a bug that affects the calculation routine) that can be solved with appropriate updates to key system aspects, although that may lead your computer to decrease its performance.
The case is that Ashampoo has released its own detection tool: Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker It's a simple application that once downloaded carries out the corresponding verifications on your PC without having to install anything in order to know your risk level.
What to do if my system is affected by Meltdown and Spectre?
Since Intel is the main manufacturer in the world of semiconductors and its chips are present not only in Windows and Linux PCs but also Mac, you're probably affected by both bugs. In any case, even if you're only affected by Spectre because you've got an AMD, we recommend you to follow these tips that you can also find in this CPU checker:
- Keep calm and don't get carried away by sensationalist headlines.
- Install the latest Windows updates. If you've disabled them, enable Windows Update from the Control Panel.
- Update your browsers.
- Update the BIOS: some manufacturers are offering patches. Search for your one and check if there's an update.
- Update the drivers for your graphics card.
- Do what you should always do: browse only on safe sites and don't open email attachments like mad.
- Take a look at webs and news bulletins from people and companies with certain authority in this field. Forget about whatever you read on Facebook or WhatsApp.