How To Manually Download Definition Updates For Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Want to know how to download latest database update of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for offline install? We will show you two simple ways to do that.
Off-late, I am getting a lot of questions asking how they can manually download the latest definition for Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. I use the free version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware (MBAM) to occasionally scan my computer for malware and other threats. I have always used the built-in online updater to get the latest definition before scanning. After getting all these requests, I started my quest to find out, how to get the latest database of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware on a computer that cannot access the Internet? I found two simple ways by which the mission can be accomplished!
The first step to manually update MBAM requires access to a working computer. This PC should have access to the Internet and should have a copy of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware installed. After updating the copy of Anti-Malware from the Internet in this computer, open the database location as stated below. Copy the database file “
rules.ref” to your PC in the same database location according to your operating system.
You can manually copy the database from here using a flash drive or CD to the PC which needs the latest definition. In the target computer, you have to paste the definition update in the same location as stated below.
- For Windows XP and 2000 users, open and copy from the following location:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\rules.ref
- Windows Vista and Windows 7 users, open and copy from the following location:
database.conf located within the
Configuration folder which is present in the same folder as
rules.ref listed above.
If the first step is not possible, you can do a manual update of MBAM definition files using mbam-rules.exe file. Click on the download link below (you will get a Google redirect page, don’t worry, just click on the
mbam-rules.exe link to continue there.)
mbam-rules.exe to manually update the definitions now only works with versions of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware before 1.60. So, if you’re using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60, you’ve to follow the first method to manually update the program.