The efforts to mitigate the threat of the Meltdown and Spectre exploits appears to be WORSE than the threat itself. Many Intel systems will randomly and spontaneously reboot after installing microcode updates that protect against Spectre 2. No shit.
You do software updates to get the most from favourite programs right? Updating a motherboard BIOS can in a timely manner is also critical. The guide to Flashing a Motherboard BIOS spells out the often complicated steps in plain english. PCSTATS Tips