Sometimes, for whatever reason, the interface jams up, it's happened to me and I did what you did and rebooted to find it had updated as in your case.
Actually your are 1 ahead of me with engine 1698 so you are OK I suspect.
If you have any further issues I would ask Technical Support to take a look. It's free after all.
See the link under Useful Links at the top of this page.
As Ex Brit, PeaceKeeper and other Moderators have stated. The (2013) Version updates entirely differently in comparison to the (2012) Version-11.6. I find it more beneficial to simply allow my Auto-Updates to install my next current "Engine Version" opposed to (Manually) checking for updates.
From earlier threads it seems that the latest version of McAfee Security Center-Anti-Virus, etc..is slowly being throttled?
As for myself, I am still currently on the (12.8.856) Version...opposed to the (13.0) upgrade.Like you I am running the Anti-Virus (16.8.708) Firewall (13.8.712). If it gives you some semblance of a "Peace of mind" My current "Engine Version" is still (1697)....although my Security Center indicates that my next update is due @ 6:21 EST....this does not necesarrily mean that I will be updated to todays current "Engine Version (1698) at that time.
Could you by chance have mistaken your current "Anti-Spam" Version-Content ? For my current number is (4751) opposed to yours listed as being (4731)? If you still have any doubts, or concerns..you can simply run the McAfee Virtual Technician.
I hope this in some way helps....
Thanks for getting back.
Glad it wasn't anything serious, and something someone else has experienced. I remember a few similar occasions using the 2012 version, only that one would get stuck on 'checking for updates' instead. Rebooting fixed that as well. I wondered if this issue had been fixed for the 2013 version...
I sometimes wonder if it's caused by a momentary disconnect from the update server - only a guess though.
As Ex Brit stated, You seem to be "OK" in regards to your current "Engine Version" (1698) For just as he stipulated I have yet to be updated from (1697).
Having said this...Could you have been mistaken by saying your "Anti-Spam" Version-Content is (4731) ?
Although my comments, suggestions, or solutions are "Chopped Liver" in comparison to the Moderators. I am confident that your "Anti-Spam" Version-Content should be (4751)....Just wondering.....? Maybe Ex Brit could confirm this...as he has assisted me so graciously in the past.
Thanks Ex Brit...as usual for your expidited response. Actually It is my opinion that if Wixeys "Engine Version" is current and up to date. It was simply a oversight of the (Actual) Anti-Spam Version-Content. As you very well know...it updates entirely different and numerous of times daily.
Calling it a Night,
Been a "Rough Week" medically speaking....
My antispam on 4750 at present though it gets it off a beta server so timing different,
Having read the posts from both catdaddy and Peacekeeper, I've downloaded and run MVT. The first time it found a "registry error", which it fixed. A second scan said everything was fine.
I've double-checked the About section and the Anti-Spam number really is 4731 - the last update for it came through a little while ago and it now reads as follows:
Last Update: 04/11/2013
Content Version: 4731
Content Update: 14/10/2013 20:39:21
Engine Version: 3.0.0429
Does this need looking into more deeply or is it okay to leave things as they are?