Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker is a free program for Microsoft Windows that reveals to you whether the processor of the Windows PC is vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilities.
Spectre and Meltdown are two recently disclosed security vulnerabilities that affect many modern CPUs. The vulnerabilities affect the processors but also software that runs on the systems. Microsoft released out-of-band patches in January 2018, and so did Mozilla which patched Firefox in record time.
It is necessary to patch firmware as well, but that is only possible after Intel, AMD and other companies release updates to manufacturers. Motherboard manufacturers ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI published updates for select motherboards already.
We reviewed programs and services in the past couple of weeks that let you determine whether your devices are vulnerable to potential attacks.
Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker by Ashampoo is a simple program that reveals after a short scan whether the processor is vulnerable.
All you need to do is download the 715 Kilobyte program file from the Ashampoo website and run it afterward. Ashampoo notes on the product's website that you may run it on Windows 7 and newer versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
Activate the "start security check" button to run the scan, and wait a couple of seconds for the scan to complete.
Note that the program needs to make outbound calls to Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure cloud storage locations.
The application displays the result of the analysis in the interface after the scan completes. The results highlight whether the process is vulnerable, but that is all the program does.
Ashampoo's Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker is a handy program for Microsoft Windows devices to run a quick vulnerability assessment on a local PC. The results are not as detailed as those that Microsoft's PowerShell checker offer but that is not required all the time.
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