I'm a bit worried about many systems. For instance, my mom has laptop with Windows 8.1, my father has a PC with Windows 8.1 as well, and also bought a new computer yesterday with Windows 10.
Figured I had to do some check for the Meltdown and Spectre viruses, so I ran the inSpectre tool on my dad's new PC. Turns out his PC isn't Spectre protected. It seems Windows can only patch the Meltdown virus.
Now that got me thinking about my own 2 PCs and laptop, the computers of my brother and sister and friends, etc.
If Spectre can only be patched with updating BIOS and UEFI (not sure what the latter one is) then a huge amounts of people all over the world are at risk! Because I don't even know how to patch it myself, let alone that my parents would need to patch it.
So anyway. Down to the main question; what are the steps to follow to protect your computer from Spectre?
How do I know if my system needs a patch? What do I do to patch it? Isn't updating your BIOS a risky undertaking? I know I've never done it before.
I did some searching on the web, and all I find are news posts, forum posts with no real answer or generic Microsoft 'help' pages suffed with outbound links.
I wonder why no one has made any step by step process to follow to patch your system.. or did I miss something?
I also read something that your Antivirus needs to be 'ready' to be able to receive updates for the Meltdown patch. And if not, you'd need to edit the registry, as if that isn't a risky undertaking either!
Sorry if I sound a bit ranting, I just can't believe that something this vulnerable hasn't seen any easy solutions yet. Or is the risk overrated?
I've got a laptop with Windows Vista, a PC with Windows 7, a PC with Windows 8.1. I guess I better never start up that laptop again since Vista is no longer supported.
As for Antivirus, mainly used are AVG and Comodo.
Anyway, any one know of a reasonably easy to follow 'step by step' article or post so I can protect the systems against Spectre (and Meltdown if necessary)?
Thanks so much!