A week ago it was made public that hundreds of processors manufactured by Intel, AMD and ARM are affected by two very serious vulnerabilities – Meltdown and Spectre. These vulnerabilities affect Intel processors dating as far back as 1995. Since AMD and ARM are newer manufacturers, so not many of their processors are affected. If you have bought a computer in past ten years, then it is most likely affected with these two newly discovered vulnerabilities. It does not matter which operating system you are using, these vulnerabilities affect all systems.
We have published two different tools using which you can find if your Windows system is affected with Spectre and Meltdown. And now Ashampoo software developers have also come up with a much easier to use tool called Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker. It is a portable program and runs on all versions of Windows. It can instantly tell you if the CPU in your PC is vulnerable to the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.
In order to start the security check, you can click on the Start security check button. The program will take a few seconds to analyze your PC before letting you know whether you computer is affected by the vulnerabilities or not. In case your PC is vulnerable, you will see a red colored window with alert sign and indication as to which of the vulnerabilities affects your CPU (some processors are affected by only Meltdown). And if your CPU is not affected then you would see a green colored window telling you that your CPU is not vulnerable.
The program also gives a link that gives some details of the two vulnerabilities and what you should do to protect your system against them. Basically, you should update the operating system software (Windows, Mac or Linux etc.) and the microcode update released by CPU manufacturers (BIOS or UEFI).
You can download the Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker from https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pin/1304/security-software/Ashampoo-Spectre-Meltdown-CPU-Checker.