Malwarebytes Database Version

  1. Posts : 6,618
    W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

    Malwarebytes Database Version

    I just ran the updater in Malwarebytes, and was surprised at the change in version numbers, as can be seen in the screenshot. I suppose they may just have decided to use a different system, but I'm wondering if it might indicate something more nefarious, like someone else slipping into the picture?
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  2. Posts : 578
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 8 Pro

    I have also seen the same version number in my program.
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  3. Posts : 9,582
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

    I'm not on my home system ATM, so I can't check directly. However, looking at the version number 911122306 and bearing in mind today's date, I break this down as follows: 9:06am 23/12/11 (the time, of course, being their local time of the update release).
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    Thread Starter

    That may be right, but I decided to post the question on their forum also. Better safe than sorry.
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  5. Posts : 9,582
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

    I've asked Jacee to have a look.
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  6. Posts : 99
    Windows 7 Professional x32

    Take a look at here

    We have changed our database numbering scheme so that it is compatible with new features in our upcoming 1.60 version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This change also enhances our users' ability to be able to decipher when a database was created and released. The number '9' at the beginning of the database version is there for compatibility (since our previous naming scheme reached over 8000, thus the '9' at the beginning tells the product that any database that starts with this new naming scheme is newer than the one that is installed).

    Below is an example:


    Here's how these numbers break down:

    As stated above, the number 9 tells older versions of Malwarebytes Anti-Maware that used the old database naming scheme that this database is newer than any of the previous 8xxx database versions
    The 11 that follows the 9 represents the year
    The 12 that follows the 11 represents the month
    The 20 that follows the 12 represents the day
    The 06 that follows the 20 represents the number of the database released on that particular day, so in this case, the database 911122006 is the 6th database released one December 20th, 2011

    For our upcoming release, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.60, the database version will appear as below:


    Here's how this database format breaks down:

    v represents version
    2011 represents the year
    12 represents the month
    20 represents the day
    06 represents the number of the database released on that particular day, so as above, v2011.12.20.06 would be the 6th database released on December 20th, 2011

    Using this new naming scheme, a user or support helper can easily determine if the database used is fairly current or badly outdated.
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  7. Posts : 9,582
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

    Just checked their forum, and they have changed the database identification format, so it's legit.

    New Database numbering format - Malwarebytes Forum
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  8. Posts : 6,618
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    Thread Starter

    Good, now I can go ahead and run a scan without worrying. Thanks all.
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

    There is a link to that on the Update tab.
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  10. Posts : 9,582
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

    I'm on my home system now, and it's just updated with that version format. :)
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