Online Armor Premium Firewall [Review + Giveaway]

Apart from having a good Antivirus solution on your system, you need a good firewall solution too on your system to make the protection almost perfect. Online Armor Premium is a great firewall solution if you are looking for a commercial firewall to complement your existing Antivirus solution.


If you use online banking, buy things online, send and receive emails or just browse the internet then you’re open to serious threats that your Antivirus Software just wasn’t designed to stop. That’s where Online Armor’s Personal Firewall comes in.

As many of you may be aware that Online Armor Firewall offers a free version too with some limited features. The additional features that are being offered in paid version apart from the technical support, are:

  1. Online Banking Mode
  2. Advanced Mode
  3. Import/Export Settings
  4. DNS Spoofing Protection

When you are using the Banking mode feature, then your system can only access self-authorized online banking pages, while no other homepages, including phishing pages, can be accessed. Also, it provides three types of operational modes i.e Standard, Expert and Bank Mode. Standard mode is suitable for majority of the users and very few geeky guys will need to play with Expert Mode. Bank Mode as we said earlier can be used while you are doing Banking transactions online and you want to be safe fully.

We had reviewed Online Armor last year too and one of the issues was too many popups asking the user to provide permission or block the applications which even included most common applications. Looks like OA guys had worked on this aspect and hence with the latest version, there were almost negligible popups and popups only came if the application which we are running are not the common ones. It can be a big difference for novice users as majority of users are not aware of every application that is running on your Windows Operating system.


Thanks to Emsisoft, we are giving away 25 License keys of Online Armor Premium to readers of Avinashtech. Just follow the simple rules below to enter in this draw. We will do the draw twice .

  1. Subscribe to Avinashtech by entering your email address in the subscribe box on right sidebar of the blog or by clicking this link. Do remember to verify your email address when you get the verification email from Feedburner.
  2. Like the Facebook Fan Page of Avinashtech (If you don’t have a Facebook account you can skip this).
  3. Tell us using comments, why you would like to have a license for this application.
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  1. well first thanks for being generous with this giveaway.
    i already have emsisoft AM and dont have any firewalls installed since i dont really like any of the products out there. gave OA trial a try few weeks back and really enjoyed it, fealing like emsisoft really takes care of its customers with quality products, so  far EAM is doing a fantastic job and im sure OA will do the same.
    hoping i win 🙂

  2. Firewall is important specially that I do alot bank transactions and in my opinion ”Emsisoft is the best Firewall” So please count me in, And thank you for this great giveaway!

  3. this is an excellent firewall i just use it, it does the job very well and hast lots of features. it blocks and filters very well the access to internet, so pls count me in to win a license. many thanks

  4. Online armor premium is simply the best firewall on the market.  Please, count me in.
    Best regards!

  5. I’m using OA version 4 and like it better than other firewalls I’ve tried. Very complete, easy to use once you’ve worked with it a bit. Would very much like to move up to version 5. Thanks for this giveaway!

  6. OA is one of my favorite firewalls/HIPS applications. It’s reliability and the confidence in its performance, as well as the outstanding HIPS – powerful, but unobtrusive and very user-friendly [considering the inherently “paranoid” nature of a HIPS, which could test your patience and resolve at times], are good enough for me to prefer OA in the distinguished company of ultra-capable alternatives like Comodo, Outpost and privateFirewall.

    – Outstanding HIPS, surefooted, composed and confidence-inspiring

    – Run Safer – excellent option to run unknown programs under LUA [either on a case-by-case basis or by setting this as default option]. Great for any Internet facing application – browsers, PDF readers, media players.

    – Block traffic during system boot.

    – Web Shield – phishing filter, DNS spoofing protection, BITS protection.

    – Autoruns, Anti-Keylogger, File and Registry Shield – the list goes on and on…

    Dislikes [don’t get me wrong, it’s a very accomplished package, these are just nitpickings from an OA aficionado]:
    – Could sometimes take more than 30 seconds to display the desktop after logging in. I think this issue has been addressed with the 5.1 release, but the fix has been eluding Tall Emu / Emsisoft for quite some time.

    – OA would occasionally display prompts for existing rules actions which have already been specified and rules created.

    – As much as OASIS has been improved, it is still lacking the tremendous whitelisting/blacklisting power of Symantec, Kaspersky and Comodo, for example. Even with the addition of the option to trust programs that Emsisoft deems trustworthy, you still get a fair amount of prompts.

    Please include me in this excellent giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to all participating.

  7. This is certainly one of the best commercial firewalls currently. A great firewall, very good HIPS, very good file and registry shield, good antikeylogger, solid whitelist………
    My recommendation to everyone.  An alternative to this product are excellent free Comodo FW. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to all.

  8. Nice giveaway. Thanks a lot. Online Armor is the best firewall as far as
    I know. I want to participate in your giveaway. Best regards

  9. Thanks for review also for giveaway Avinash.
    It’s great firewall, easy to use and no system impact. I need this, now I’m not use any firewall it’s why I need this.
    Count me in.

  10. As far as I know this is the best firewall going. I will like to get a license.

    I will shortly share it on twitter for all my friends to see.

    Thank you Avinash and Emsisoft for this giveaway.

  11. I like to participate in this giweaway because this is great firewall.Last year I was also participated for OA ,but bad luck.This year maybe.Cheers everyone.

  12. I would like to participate in this giveaway because I would like to give a try to this software, which I have heard is a very good one and make my own opinion on it.


  13. thx 4 such an xcellent giveaway season :)…plz count me in this last giveway 4 Online Armor…cheers..

  14. So far was using free version and I am a strong supporter of the use Online Armor Premium Firewall is an excellent program.

  15. Hy, it’s make a long time i’m looking for an offers for this software, i hope to win a key, please count me in, thanks Avinash

  16.  Thanks for this awesome giveaway. Emsisoft products are really good
    especially Online Armor Firewall. I would like to win a license. So
    please count me in. Thank you very much and best regard

  17. I would like to try something other than free Comodo, and I think Emisoft is a reliable software company. Please consider my entry. Thank you,
    Ernie Sampson

  18. armor online premium is the application I have hunting for.So this would be the final stop of my hunt.Thank you.

  19. It’s a very good firewall for personal use. As I am using free version, I would love to enter and win one.
    Thanks & congrats

  20. You know, Emsisoft do only good products, I always used Anti-Malware and Online Armor free in combo, now this is the chance to try the premium version, it will be great to impove my security overall. Thanks for this opportunity.Bye

  21. Thanks for a great giveaway. OA is the best firewall I have ever used. I must have a license. Please count me in. Thanks

  22. Exelente giveaway, Avinash. Online Armor Premium is one of the best programs for basic protection. Count me please. Regards.

  23.  Thanks for a great giveaway.

     OA is the best firewall. Very useful, would like to win. Please count me.

  24. I read a lot about OA Firewall and I know that iys the best. My wife and I use a lot of Banking cards so we need this firewall very much.

    Please count me for this awsome Giveaway.

    Thanks in advance


  25. Great giveaway. Online Armor is an excellent firewall with HIPS function
    and in my opinion the best. I want to participate in your competition.
    Thanks and regards

  26. OA Premium is the best software ,Nice giveaway. 
    OA is the best firewall. Very useful, would like to win. Please count me.

  27. Would love to have a license for the Premium version. There are a lot
    more settings that can be used thus added security for the user. Plus
    Online Armor Premium has consistently performed well against the Black
    Day Trojan and the likes that Comodo is still not efficiently
    handling(until version 6 I believe ). Free version does not have the
    Exclusion and configuration setup cannot be saved/imported again I read.
    Also Blocklist are nor applicable to the free also. Consider me please.!/Santiano_SRX/status/162293981747752961

  28. I have been using a freeware version of Online Armor firewall for a few years, and have never had a reason to complain about its efficiency. It is stable, tight and secure.
    Now, given this opportunity, I’ll try my luck to win OA Premium, so please, count me in your great giveaway contest 🙂

  29. I generally use complete security suit. At present using Avira internet security 2012 on my laptop. It is going to expire very soon and as firewall is concerned OA is the best,I do not know about its technicality but as I have used it earlier I am sure that its very effective and user friendly.
    Thanks !

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