Many devices and applications are affected by serious security flaws detected in the processors developed by Intel, AMD and ARM, including any operating systems such as Windows that run on the affected chips. Microsoft recommends in order receive all available protections to follow these steps to get the latest updates for both software and hardware:
- Make sure your antivirus software is up to date. Check your software manufacturer's website for their latest info.
- Keep your device up to date by turning on automatic updates.
- Check that you've installed the January 2018 Windows operating system security update from Microsoft. If automatic updates are turned on, the updates should be automatically delivered to you, but you should still confirm that they're installed.
- Install any firmware updates from your device manufacturer. Firmware updates should be available on your device manufacturer's website.
Note: Customers who only install the January 2018 security updates from Microsoft will not be fully protected against the vulnerabilities. You will also need to install firmware updates from your device manufacturer. Antivirus software updates should be installed first. Operating system and firmware updates can be installed in either order.