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Are definitions updated automatically? Seemingly not.

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Hello and :welcome:

Yes having the Pro version entitles you to free software updates as well as definition updates. They can be scheduled to happen every hour.

Check your scheduler settings under Settings -> Scheduler Settings and make the needed changes in order to update as often as you like.

I have mine set to this (which updates every hour on the hour, at least within +/- 15 minutes):


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Hello and :welcome:

Please review the following links which should provide you with information on how to set that up.

How to Schedule an Update

How to Schedule a Scan

You can also do it from the command line if interested as it supports both methods.

Resetting the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware schedules from the command line.

There is a 15 minute randomized delay in the scheduler for MBAM updates so + or - 15 minutes is normal for updates with the scheduler. Scans will run at the time set for though.

From an elevated admin command prompt please do the following.
How to Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 7

Please type the following and press the Enter key at the end of the line.
You can check here if you're not sure if your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit

On Windows XP and Windows 7 x86
CD "%ProgramFiles%\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware"

On Windows 7 x64
CD "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware"

Please type the following and press the Enter key at the end of each line. There will not be any feedback normally unless you type it wrong.

mbam.exe /unschedule /all
mbam.exe /schedule /update /silent /hourly /every 4 /starting 10/04/2013 16:15:00 /recover 2
mbam.exe /schedule /scan -quick -log -silent -remove -reboot /silent /daily /every 1 /starting 10/04/2013 17:30:00 /recover 23

Now open the MBAM program and go to the Protection tab and click on the Scheduler button
If completed correctly it should look very similar to the image below.


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