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Dear support,

I am having trouble with the manual update. I know it has been asked before, but probably I am too stupid to get it, so I need to ask again.

I installed the latest version of Malwarebytes (, and then downloaded the latest "rules" as described here: http://techdows.com/...ml#comment-6316

Now comes the part, where we need to go slow... :)

I copied the rules.912022001.ref file to the folder C:/program data/malwarebytes , which is where the old rules.ref file is, and then I deleted the old rules.ref file, and changed the new one such that the version number 9120.... is gone, and it is just rules.ref . Correct?

Now it doesn't work ("database not found or corrupt"). The FAQ now says:

"Starting with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60, you must also copy the file database.conf located within the Configuration folder which is in the same folder as rules.ref listed above."

So now the second question, very slowly: where do I get the "database.conf" from? Where should I copy it and where should I paste it? Is there a later "database.conf" on the internet that I can download, just as the "rules" file?

Again, I am sorry if that is completely moronic what I asking here.

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mbam-rules.exe does not work with 1.6x versions of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The part of the FAQ describing copying rules.ref and database.conf refers to copying those files from another computer which also has Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installed on it, updating it, and then copying over the database files manually using a USB flash drive or a blank CD.

It's a tedious task as generally it is best to update through the program itself rather than manually if your system has internet connectivity. Updating manually is basically for scenarios where your system is infected and has no internet access but you need to do an offline update so that you have the latest database to allow you to scan for and remove the threats on the infected system.

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  • 1 month later...

It should be located within the folder C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Configuration. The folder C:\ProgramData will be hidden by default.

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  • Click on the Start vista-7-start.png button and select Computer
  • Press the Alt key on your keyboard and click on Tools
  • Select Folder Options
  • Click the View tab and make sure that Show hidden files and folders is selected under Hidden files and folders
  • Click Apply then click OK

Also, mbam-rules.exe has been updated and is now fully compatible with 1.6x versions of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, so if you still have trouble doing a manual update, you may now use that instead.

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