In CIS 8 (on Windows 8.1) with hardware virtualization turned on in HIPS, HWMonitor (from CPIUD) only shows one of the four cores in my Intel i7 CPU. Also Speccy (from Piriform) reports that there is only one CPU core but 8 logical processors. The Windows task manager reports (correctly) 4 cores and 8 logical processors. With hardware virtualization turned off both HWMonitor and Speccy show all four cores (as of course does the Windows task manager).
I have no idea whether this is a bug or a feature but is this an intended and/or expected result of having hardware virtualization turned on? I’m now wondering what other products I have installed that will give misleading or incomplete hardware information with the HIPS hardware virtualization turned on?
How risky is it likely to be to leave hardware virtualization turned off? I realise it’s there to stop sneaky malware but how likely am I to encounter any? I’m trying to balance getting accurate information from HWMonitor and Speccy against the risk of not having hardware virtualization turned on.
Thanks for the help.