Cyber Security

Intel Processors Now Allows Antivirus to Use GPUs for Malware Scanning

Intel to Offload Virus Scanning to GPU problems like laptop hang

Windows users who mostly use Intel processors have lived under the threat being overrun by malware for a while yet antiviruses exist in the market. Virus scanning is not an easy process as it consumes a lot of system resources; CPU, RAM and HDD space but thanks to Advanced Memory Scanning and Advanced Platform Telemetry instead of using the CPU to scan for malware, this task has been offloaded to the GPU. We are talking all things improved efficiency, security and performance.

Intel a global chip-maker on April, 17th 2018  announced two new technologies. The Threat Detection Technology (TDT) & Security Essentials, that not only offer hardware-based built-in security features across Intel processors but also improve threat detection without compromising system performance.

Intel’s Threat Detection Technology (TDT) offers a new set of features that leverage hardware-level telemetry to help security products detect new classes of threats and exploits, the previous CPU heavy system could cause processor loads of as much as 20 percent but with this new feature, this will be cut to about 2 percent, obviously a massive increase in efficiency.

Accelerated Memory Scanning allows the installed antivirus to use Intel’s integrated GPU to scan and detect memory-based malware attacks while reducing the impact on performance and power consumption.

The other TDT feature is Intel Advanced Platform Telemetry that incorporates cloud-based machine learning and endpoint data collection to better identify potential security threats, “while reducing false positives and minimizing performance impact.”

This new feature will be available on the 6th, 7th and 8th generation processors, which means if you don’t have a laptop with these processors, you might consider getting a laptop/desktop with the latest silicon.

“Current scanning technologies can detect system memory-based cyber-attacks, but at the cost of CPU performance,” says Rick Echevarria, Intel security division Vice President.

“With Accelerated Memory Scanning, the scanning is handled by Intel’s integrated graphics processor, enabling more scanning, while reducing the impact on performance and power consumption.”


Collins Kipkemboi Korir

Techie, Software Engineer, Web developer, founder of Techchains, Cyber Security, #tech & #infosec Blogger, Ethical Hacker

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