Online Armor Free

Online Armor Free

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 551 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0
  • Total Downloads:
    964,672
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 04, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    28.79MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    148
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Windows Firewall and other free firewalls do a pretty good job of keeping threats away from your computer, but many users prefer the extra security and support of a premium firewall. Emsisoft's Online Armor is a shareware firewall suite that offers strong protection against malicious programs, hacker attacks, and other privacy and security threats, but it's also designed to be as unobtrusive as possible while doing it. Its real-time protection means no lengthy scans; instead, Online Armor evaluates each program as it runs. The program has plenty of configuration options, especially in its Advanced Mode. For instance, you can block traffic from specific countries known to host hackers. There's a good Help file and other resources to sort it all out for you. Online Armor is free to try for 30 days. The latest release supports Windows 8.

You'll need to temporarily disable your antivirus software while installing Online Armor, though the program plays nicely with most antivirus tools when it's up and running. Online Armor has four main components: Firewall, Web Shield, Program Guard, and Anti-Keylogger. Users can choose from three modes: Standard, Advances, and Banking Mode; there's also a Learning Mode that creates rules automatically. You can disable all protections except for the firewall by activating or deactivating the proprietary HIPS system, too. Online Armor's configuration dialog serves as its main interface, but we found the best way to access and manage both the firewall and other features is through its extensive System Tray menu, which we could open by right-clicking either the program's main tray icon or the Firewall Status icon.

Online Armor works like other robust firewalls we've tried, adding programs to its white list when you OK them to run. Its pop-up notifications give more options than some similar tools. We found Online Armor's default filters to be a bit stronger than some similar tools, too, which is good but requires you to pay attention to what it flags. Is Online Armor worth paying for over popular free firewalls? It's hard to prove a negative, but what's the price on your data, your privacy, and your identity?

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Emsisoft Online Armor Firewall 6. The trial version is limited to 30 days.

 
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 13 votes

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    out of 551 votes

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1 stars

"I HATE LIARS. Beware of fraudulent activities."

March 14, 2015  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

Pros

Since it as a limited version and not free ... NONE!

Cons

They are fraudulent listed as FREE, when the ONLY free is the download.
I HATE LIARS. Beware of fraudulent activities.
If they are willing to waste your time fraudulently CLAIMING it to be free, rather than trial ..what ELSE will they lie about? --- not having SPYWARE?

Summary

I spent hours researching, download trial ONLY to find it is ONLY A TRIAL VERSION NOT FREE

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4 stars

"Tried 'em all, This is a Keeper"

February 21, 2015  |  By Bighugs1965

 |  Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

Pros

Easy to use and configure.
Light on resources.
Two way filtering (outbound and in).
Has optional HIPS features.
Hardly any popups or alerts, it's pretty much all automatic and very unobtrusive.
Works well with my Bitdefender Free Antivirus. Many others I've tried had conflicts.
Has an appealing GUI.
It's free or you can pay for an upgrade.

Cons

You have to restart the computer if you disable the HIPS features.

Summary

I have tried Private Firewall, Tiny wall, Windows 8 Firewall Control, Comodo, etc. They all were to minimalist or to aggressive. Most with HIPS conflicted with my antivirus. With Online Armor Free I have the option of turning of HIPS and it still works as a two way firewall. You can do this with Private Firewall also but In the end Online Armor is less intrusive and resource hungry. If the need ever arises where I need HIPS, then a one click operation is all that is required to activate them. I see this as a great current solution and also a way to future proof my system. Would I recommend Online Armor Free? The answer is a solid Yes!

Updated on Feb 21, 2015

Just wanted to say I'm not sure what they mean by no automatic updates. Under Options, General Tab you can set it to automatically update and even the frequency of said updates. Is this a signature update only and not a program update? IDK

When watching my HDD LED read/write indicator I have noticed less movement with Online Armor Free than with Private Firewall or Comodo. Could it be that Online Armor Free causes less wear and tear on you PC/Laptop?

The three mention above have more HDD action than say Tiny Wall or Windows 8 Firewall controll however. The difference being Some are HIPS Firewall combos and others are simple standard firewalls.

I like Private Firewall and Online Armor Free best because they can be set to be either.

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1 stars

"It might be a good program if it would actually work."

January 19, 2015  |  By beyondthebl

 |  Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

Pros

Couldn't get it to run.

Cons

Wasted a couple of hours researching this product and really wanted it to work. Download and installation were slow. It tried to sneak it's own bloatware in. Very confusing as to what the preselected options meant. Finally got it installed and went through and endless loop of submitting and pre-filled activation form that never went through. Tried un-installing/reininstalling multiple times. I wasted 4 hours of my day on this garbage, that doesn't work. AND it left files all over my computer after I removed it (with it's own uninstall program, and the windows remove program function). Stay away from this garbage!

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4 stars

"Good Firewall with lots of possibilities."

November 16, 2014  |  By EYES-T

 |  Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

Pros

Does what it has to do and stays in the background as it should.

Cons

Good addition to other anti-malware programs.

Summary

Pretty good piece of software!

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5 stars

"One of best firewall"

January 14, 2014  |  By toyotakoala

 |  Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

Pros

I think it is second only to comodo firewall
Configuration is pretty easy

Cons

Free version is less customizable then a fee

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4 stars

"Good product but has a leak"

August 08, 2013  |  By manny_smith

 |  Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

Pros

It trains well, has a great interface and closes the ports so that Gibson Research can't see in. It's stopped attack sites I've been directed to and will even stop Google update (which always seems to get back on my machine from some Google partner) from getting outbound or running.

Cons

Has a memory leak that will cause it to eventually start to take up an entire core's CPU slices and make watching video over the web impossible.
The problem maybe with the new version of Flash and Online Armor?
Shutting down Online Armor and restarting it resolves the issue but it's been 2 months of this problem and I just installed this copy of Windows 7 fresh.

Summary

Excellent free firewall that doesn't push advertisements at you or hijack your web page. I bought the full version because I respect Emisoft and their Anti-Malware products so much.

They are spending a lot of time developing an integrated solution (Firewall, AV, Anti-Malware, browser protection) that the users seem to be demanding. And so this CPU usage issue is getting put on hold.
Still I've looked at the reviews of Private and Comodo and there are too many users saying they leave software behind and nightmare scenarios on uninstallation plus Comodo's advertisement and high CPU are just not acceptable.

Guess I'll stay with Online Armor .

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2 stars

"Does NOT work with VPN's"

July 06, 2013  |  By birdzy

 |  Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

Pros

Shows fantastic potential and very customizable even for beginners. Multiple security levels include banking mode.

Cons

Has multiple issues with programs that communicate with online servers like Quickbooks.

Has issues recognizing Virtual private Netwroks (VPN's) which some of us must use at work for security. Online armour blocks these even when you allow it on every level.

These issues must be fixed to charge money for what is now (honestly) a BETA product. Get the free version and see if it works for you. I paid for the full version and will get a refund.

Summary

Not quite ready for prime time but it shows great potential.

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5 stars

"IT'S THE BEST I'VE SEEN"

June 26, 2013  |  By melen001

 |  Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

Pros

...easy to set-up, just use the default settings
...very little intrusion
...very few pop-ups
...it does work with Wins 7 64 bit
...my favorite firewall for balance of ease of use and security
...very light on system, will not slow your PC at all
...free firewall comes with anti-keylogger protection
...works well with Norton Antivirus
...updates regularly with no restart needed
...can monitor connections on your computer as well as outgoing and incoming bandwidth plus programs using that bandwidth
...easy learning mode with no boggling down your PC

What more can I say.... bye bye Comodo... No complaints at all. Emsisoft has an EXCELLENT product and works perfectly with Norton Antivirus and Wins 7-64 bit. No glitches at all.

Cons

Trying to think of one and there isn't any so far.....

Summary

...excellent protection...
...great features...
...very easy to use
...using the FREE version and see no need on purchasing Pro version
...No complaints, it does it all

Excellent software and the best firewall I've used. Just give it a try...

Updated on Jun 26, 2013

"...updates regularly with no restart needed" should read, "no automatic updates on FREE version and must manually update". No big deal, don't forget, it's FREE.

Updated on Jun 26, 2013

"...updates regularly with no restart needed" should read, "no automatic updates on FREE version and must manually update". No big deal, don't forget, it's FREE.

Updated on Jun 26, 2013

"...updates regularly with no restart needed" should read, "no automatic updates on FREE version and must manually update". No big deal, don't forget, it's FREE.

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1 stars

"nothing new"

June 26, 2013  |  By alex_700

 |  Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

Pros

former records

Cons

nothing new

Summary

nothing new

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5 stars

"Works very well with Avast"

March 22, 2013  |  By Rolandkeys

 |  Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

Pros

not to intrusive

Cons

None for free

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.0
  • File & Registry Shield: Users can create rules to limit the access of certain application groups to specified files, folders or registry keys.
  • Completely reworked GUI: Online Armor 6.0 was adapted to the design of the other Emsisoft products and shows a lot of usage simplifications. Additionally the readability of alarm windows was optimized.
  • Improved self-protection on x86 and x64 systems.
  • Over 400 detail improvements based on user and tester feedback.
General
Publisher Emsisoft
Publisher web site http://www.emsisoft.com/
Release Date December 04, 2012
Date Added December 04, 2012
Version 6.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Firewall Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 28.79MB
File Name OnlineArmorSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 964,672
Downloads Last Week 148
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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