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Online Armor Free

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 547 votes

    • 5 star: 219
    • 4 star: 123
    • 3 star: 58
    • 2 star: 44
    • 1 star: 103
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good product but has a leak"

    August 8, 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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  • 2.0 stars

    "Does NOT work with VPN's"

    July 6, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really impressed with this software"

    March 19, 2013  |   By dragonspitt

    Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

    Pros

    Easy to use
    Easy to setup
    Option to block all traffic
    Easily learns rules
    Easy Learning Mode

    Cons

    No sandbox feature

    Summary

    While I am still on my free trial of the pro version, will most likely purchase it, outstanding, easy to use software which gives me nothing but pleasure to use.

    Would like a sandbox, but I have this covered with Avast, so not a big deal.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does everything I ask for and then some"

    February 6, 2013  |   By cnetguy7

    Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

    Pros

    -Scored a perfect 340/ 340 in comodo leak test with no configuration changes.
    -light on system
    -not as pesky as comodo firewall.
    -regular updates with no restart, user input necessary.
    -the free firewall comes with anti-keylogger, program guard.
    -works well with avg, avast and avira free.
    -firewall status shows connections your computer has as well as outgoing and incoming banddwidths and which programs are using that bandwidth.
    -easy to block programs access to the internet.

    Cons

    the program guard can be a bit overzealous. no big deal, right click on online armor icon and untick program guard.

    Summary

    I have been using emsisoft online armor free firewall with avast 7 free without any glitches for almost 2 months now.
    My system is an X64, windows 7.
    I use peer to peer (utorrent) for downloading legitiate programs like open office, I connect to VPN to watch BBC programming and this firewall handles it all.
    No complaints whatsoever.
    emsisoft is an excellent company. this is the best firewall I've ever used. SICK PRODUCT.

    Updated on Feb 6, 2013

    did I say this is the best security product I've ever used? yes, it is.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great so far."

    January 23, 2013  |   By lamb6815

    Version: Online Armor Free 6.0

    Pros

    Installs pretty easy and I used the Comodo leak test on it.I had to answer the pop ups and it scored 340 out of 340.Windows 7 blocks 190 and also Norton IS 2013 blocked 190.So far nice and smooth without any pop ups except for the leak test.I have tried privatefirewall and Comodo.Comodo is great but for more advanced users.Comodo forces you to make some decisions and restricts some clean programs.With Private firewall I was busy doing something and I got a pop up and I did not answer it in time and it auto decided to block Intel and my system crashed and it was a pain to uninstall.It is good but a lot of input by users because it only has a small list of known safe programs.

    Cons

    It has less features than Comodo.It does not offer a lot of set up configurations but strong H.I.P.'s.It is pretty simple and lets safe programs have internet acccess.It did not recognize one of my start up programs and I just added it to allowed.It has less features than the paid version,like support,web shield,phishing,mail shield and DNS spoofing,etc.I would suggest Comodo highly if you are a more advanced user want more security features and configurations but a lot of times Comodo asks me questions I really don't have answers for.

    Summary

    It auto decides a lot of things for you but if it is an unkown program you will get a pop up for instuctions but so far It is my favorite firewall for balance of ease of use and security.

    Updated on Jan 24, 2013

    Do not use for Windows 7 64 bit.I spent a few hours fixing up my machine after it crashed.I had to do system restore twice and uninstall and reinstall programs.I take it back Comodo is the Firewall king/stable and the highest possible security for free or paid.I was looking for a good alternative to Comodo and 2 other free firewalls have crashed my system.

    Updated on Jan 24, 2013

    Do not use for Windows 7 64 bit.I spent a few hours fixing up my machine after it crashed.I had to do system restore twice and uninstall and reinstall programs.I take it back Comodo is the Firewall king/stable and the highest possible security for free or paid.I was looking for a good alternative to Comodo and 2 other free firewalls have crashed my system.

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