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Easily examine and understand any Windows
system's hardware and software capability to
prevent Meltdown and Spectre attacks.
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(This 126k app is compatible with ALL versions of Windows and WINE.)
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Last Updated:
Size: 125k
Jan 31, 2018 at 09:12
(21.90 days ago)
Downloads/day: 4,490
Total downloads: 485,059
Current Rank: 1
Historical Rank: 12

“InSpectre” is an easy to use & understand utility designed to clarify
the many overlapping and confusing aspects of any Windows
system's ability to prevent the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

As the application's textual display says...

In early 2018 the PC industry was rocked by the revelation that common processor design features, widely used to increase the performance of modern PCs, could be abused to create critical security vulnerabilities. The industry quickly responded, and is responding, to these Meltdown and Spectre threats by updating operating systems, motherboard BIOSes and CPU firmware.

Protection from these two significant vulnerabilities requires updates to every system's hardware–its BIOS which reloads updated processor firmware–and its operating system–to use the new processor features. To further complicate matters, newer processors contain features to minimize the performance impact of these important security improvements. But older processors, lacking these newer features, will be significantly burdened and system performance will suffer under some workloads.

This InSpectre utility was designed to clarify every system's current situation so that appropriate measures can be taken to update the system's hardware and software for maximum security and performance.

Frequently Asked Question
Q:
On some of the computers, one or the other or both of the Enable/Disable Protection buttons are grayed out and disabled so that they cannot be used. What's going on?
A:
Either of the Protection Enable/Disable buttons will be disabled when the button's respective vulnerability cannot be enabled or disabled by its user. For example, Since AMD processors have never been subject to the Meltdown vulnerability, the Meltdown button will be disabled because there's no way for its protection to be disabled. This would also be true (in the other direction) when a system has an Intel processor and any version of Windows that has not been updated for the Meltdown vulnerability. In that case the system is vulnerable and there's no way for the button to make it invulnerable.

Similarly, any computer whose firmware has not been updated will be vulnerable to Spectre attacks and, again, the button cannot make it invulnerable.

So, InSpectre will enable those buttons when the system's conditions allow the operating system to protect against the respective vulnerability, but the user may wish to disable that protection, where possible.
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