Detect Processor Security-Related Features Using SecurAble

Detect Processor Security-Related Features Using SecurAble

Whenever you buy a computer, you normally think about its speed and RAM memory size before making an appropriate choice. Today, most of the CPU microprocessors are loaded with a number of interesting capabilities and features apart from great speed. You can easily find out whether or not your system possesses some of the important features by using SecurAble.

SecurAble helps you to determine the architecture of your system (whether it is x86 or x64) and to check whether it supports hardware virtualization and hardware DEP. SecurAble explores your CPU processor and verifies presence/ absence as well as operational status of these most important security related CPU features.

  • 64-bit (X64) instruction extensions.
  • Checks for hardware support to detect and prevent code execution in program data.
  • Verifies hardware support for Virtualization Technology.

 

 

CPUs with 64-bit architecture are capable of running 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Vista and Windows 7 OS which generally have the OS kernel locked down. Buffer overflow attack exploitation can be stopped with the help of Hardware-enforced DEP.

One can use virtualization technology for creating fully contained Windows environments which can be used for running applications installed in “virtual” machine directly from the host operating system. SecurAble can be downloaded free of charge from the internet and requires no installation.

Use SecurAble To Check Whether Processor Possesses VT Support For Windows 7 XP Mode

Use SecurAble To Check Whether Processor Possesses VT Support For Windows 7 XP Mode

Specific Windows 7 editions come with optional components called XPM (Windows XP Mode, formally known as VXP (Virtual Windows XP)) and Windows Virtual PC, a virtual PC for Win 7 OS that allows you to run a virtual system for virtualization. You can run and access applications that are installed in virtualized XP instance on your Windows 7 desktop to enable backward compatibility.

XPM is simply a virtual system which runs Windows XP (pre-activated) that uses Windows Virtual PC features. XPM and Virtual PC possess improved functionalities which is why several Windows 7 users wish to have these optional components on their system.

The requirements of Virtual PC on Windows 7 are different as compared to Virtual PC 2007 (Service Pack 1). The main difference is that Windows Virtual PC needs hardware-assisted VT (virtualization technology) support. Microsoft has come up with KB977206 which helps users to hack Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC so that they can be run without any hardware virtualization.

VT is a built-in technology in CPU processors. It is known as Intel VT in Intel chip while it is called AMD-V in AMD processors. This virtualization technology capability is incorporated into a tiny chip which cannot be removed or added manually. Even if your CPU possesses VT, you need to enable the same in BIOS.

A majority of recent CPUs posses default VT operation. However, some of the older CPUs running on OEM PC may not include VT. Without VT support, installation of Virtual PC might not be possible or it might not start working. You will be shown the below mentioned error message in such cases.

“Cannot Start Windows Virtual PC host process. Check the System event log for more details.

 Windows Virtual PC requires hardware-assisted virtualization. There is no hardware-assisted   virtualization support in the system.”

 

 

To check whether your processor supports VT, you would normally go through the list of Intel processor features or features list of AMD CPU. However, this might be pretty time consuming. Instead of doing so, you may confirm whether or not your processor supports VT by making use of SecurAble

SecurAble is a useful utility that displays the status of maximum bit length of your CPU, its DEP as well as virtualization support. You need to simply download SecurAble and directly run it. It does not require any installation. It will quickly display the status of hardware-assisted VT feature of your CPU. If it shows the status as “Locked On” or “Yes”, it means that you are free to use Windows Virtual PC.

In case it shows “No”, it means the CPU does not support VT feature. However, if you see the status as “Locked Off”, it means that VT support is not enabled in BIOS. In such a situation, all you need to do is, restart the system, go to BIOS configuration and turn on or enable the hardware virtualization support.

 

In case the hardware virtualization support is locked off or disabled in BIOS, you will see the below mentioned error when you try to run Windows Virtual PC component on your Windows 7 system.

“Virtual machine could not be started because hardware-assisted virtualization is disabled. Please enable hardware virtualization in the BIOS settings and try again.”

 

 

Apart from SecurAble, Microsoft’s HAV Tool is another utility that helps you detect the status of hardware-assisted virtualization support in your CPU.

Get Improved Performance And Turbo Core Acceleration With AMD’s New Processors

Good News to all AMD users! Three new Athlon II and three Phenom II processors have been launched, increasing the company’s already released 8 chip series, and ATI Radeon HD 5000 series by six more – Phenom II X 6 1075 T, Phenom II X 4970 Black Edition, Phenom II X 2560 Black Edition, Athlon II X 4645, Athlon II X 3450 and the Athlon II X 2265.

Some of the very interesting features like Turbo Core acceleration technology and six core performance, can be got through Phenom II X 6 1075 for less than $250, while the Phenom II X Black Edition can be looked upon as a comfortably priced substitute and suitable for people looking at performance tuning either for increased activity level or lesser power usage.

True to its name, the Phenom II X6 1075 T, falls in between AMD’s existing 1055 T and 1090 T 6-core offerings. No doubt they are slightly taxing to the user due to AMD’s recent price cuts, but they are being brought in at the same price points. AMD is already on a marathon with their processors especially with the introduction of these six processors.

The Phenom II X 4970 Black Edition depends on the Deneb Die, which also has great overclock energy. This processor priced at $185, is considered among the Company’s quickest core processor ever. To be precise, it is clocked at 3.5 GHz and is an unlocked Black Edition processor.

Moving onto the Athlon group, of low power processors, the Athlon II X 645 contains 4 physical CPU cores, a clock frequency of 3.1 GHz and costs $122. The Athlon II X 3450 again costing $122, can be upgraded upto 100GHz, whereas the Athlon II X 2,265 consists 2MB of L2 Cache and the cost is $76.

With the release of this new series, AMD has managed to get hold of a majority of the market by offering quality for a competitively lower price. It was the Black Editions that contained unlocked multipliers for easy overclocking. It is a great chance for people to enjoy without having to shell down big money!