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Can the online version of mbam-rules.exe be kept more up to date?

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The below is the method that we perfer for manual updates, its hard for them to keep that mbam-rules.exe file updated as they come up with updates quite often.

Manual Update of Definition Database

If you cannot update the database to the latest version within the MBAM window, you may follow the instructions below and update it manually:

ISSUE: I need to get the latest database onto a computer that cannot access the Internet.

SOLUTION: You can manually copy the database from a working computer using a flash drive or CD onto the infected PC. Our database file is stored in the following locations.

  • Windows XP and 2000
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\rules.ref
  • Windows Vista and Windows 7:
  • C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\rules.ref

You can also download a manual update from HERE - NOTE: This manual update will always be way behind in version level compared to updates from within the program.

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The preferred method is to use the internal update mechanism. The manual method is a last ditch effort and should be the last method chosen.

If you do use the manual method, then once the system is working properly again you should check for updates again from within the program so that it's setup properly.

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Hi Ron:

I've the paid version, and after several weeks of working with support still have problems.

The manual method appears to work, which is why I was asking if there was a more up to date version.

Thank you.

Hello, well I'm not sure who you are or who you worked with but if you can send me a private message with your ticket number I'll look into it and see what's up. There are very few systems that we can't get to work. There are some, but not many considering all the millions of software and hardware configurations out there.


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I see that Arthur is still working with you on this issue from the Help Desk and appears to be on the right track. The account you're currently logged on with when running the program may not have Admin rights, or possibly something is askew with your profile.

I'll let Arthur continue to assist you and I'll check back in on him later on.

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