How To Manually Download Definition Updates For Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

SK Mezanul Haque

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16 Responses

  1. Mike S says:

    Is the malwarebytes server down a lot? I can’t get to their site or the manual update, I can’t get to either link you posted.

    • Mezanul says:

      Hi Mike S,
      I have checked the download link again, it works. If its not working for you, try again after some time. Due to high server load, the link sometimes gets offline or doesn’t work.

  2. Vito says:

    This tip is really useful. Thank you for the effort in posting this!

  3. Sadboy says:

    there is malware / spyware that stops you from updating programs like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Ive got some on my system and short of a re install I see no way of getting rid of it. Ive even downloaded a set of update rules on a machine with out malware and it wouldn’t install the updates on my infected machine

    • Mezanul says:

      Hi Sadboy,

      Try renaming mbam-rules.exe to something else. Sometimes renaming the file bypasses these malwares. You can try the first method mentioned in this article. Just get any friends computer, install MBAM into that PC, download the updates, and copy the rules.ref file to your PC.

      Hope this helps you out. :)

  4. Elrige says:

    I still cannot get access to the Internet or the control panel to download this software. Any suggestions?

  5. this is really help me alot….thank u…:)

  6. Katt says:

    I have downloaded the mbam-rules.exe several time but when I run the exe the software never updates to whatever the version is in the exe (and I do know its different), it stays the same as when I installed Malwarebytes originally. I also copied the current version of rules.ref from my desktop to the computer, same deal. It like it never see a newer version.

  7. Victor says:

    Valew pela dica foi muito útil…

  8. Tony Rome says:

    I installed Malwarebytes on a PC which didn’t have internet access and the database couldn’t therefore be updated. So, on another PC, I installed and updated the software, then copied the rules.ref file mentioned in this article above from the one PC to the other. However, when starting Malwarebytes on the updated PC, I get the message that the database is missing or corrupt!

    • Mezanul says:

      We’ve updated the post. Please see the important note for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60 users in the post.

      Hope this will solve the problem with manual updating. :)

  9. Eldon Warman says:

    I have Windows 7 SP1 Home Prem. I recently installed Malwarebytes (free version). It does not show the files ‘rules.ref’ nor ‘database.conf’. I did the update, but no files show the date of a current update. ??

  10. Jensen_G says:

    Method #1 did not work for me using the first set instructions. I replaced the files, but MWB still reported an out-of-date version.

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