Major tech companies, including Intel, Microsoft and Google, scrambled to calm the mood this week after a large number of computer users reported performance problems.

This is linked to security updates for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

A firestorm of criticism has erupted over the response to the chip flaws, which researchers at Google’s Project Zero discovered in 2016.

Months passed before the problems were disclosed to the public.

Furthermore, the security patches released in recent days have been blamed for performance problems, including slowdowns in many systems.

The fixes reportedly rendered a smaller number of systems unbootable.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on Thursday sent an open letter to the technology industry, pledging the company would make frequent updates and be more transparent about the process.

According to him, it would report security issues to the public in a prompt manner.