Update Settings

This screen allows configuration of update settings for your Malwarebytes installation. A screenshot of this module is shown below.

Update Options

You may specify if you will be notified if your rules database is out of date, and if so, how many days late it may be before you are notified. The date range is adjustable between one (1) and twenty-eight (28) days. We recommend that you do not allow the rules database to become dated, as much damage is caused by zero-day infections — those threats that are too new to be adequately protected against by anti-virus software.

You also have the option to check for program updates when checking for database updates, or limiting the check to database updates only.

Proxy Settings

This setting determines whether connections to the Internet (for database and program updates) will use a proxy server in conjunction with that access. In a home environment, only advanced users utilize proxy servers, and then on a limited basis. They are more often used on a corporate network. They have two primary purposes. The first is to funnel all communications to and from the outside world through a single connection point, thus assuring anonymity of all computers on the corporate network. The second purpose is to utilize content caching. This means that any external content which had recently been requested by any user could be saved locally for some period of time, then subsequent requests by that user (or others) could use the recently-saved data. This method often conserves significant bandwidth, resulting in lower operating costs for companies that use this strategy.

By default, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware does not use a proxy. If configured to do so, the bottom panel will change to provide configuration options as shown below.

You can now specify the IP address or name of a proxy server, as well as the appropriate port number. If a proxy is in use, the name and port number must be specified by the person who controls access to the proxy server. He will also be able to tell you whether authentication is required to use the server, and if so, provide a username and password which have been assigned to you.

Next: History Settings.