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 on 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this new naming scheme, a user or support helper can easily determine if the database used is fairly current or badly outdated.