Emsisoft Online Armor support roadmap

Emsisoft Online Armor support roadmap

The Emsisoft Online Armor product has been an integral part of our product portfolio for almost five years. It served us and our customers very well in complementing Emsisoft Anti-Malware with a rock solid standalone firewall. Emsisoft Online Armor’s biggest strength has always been its HIPS (Host based Intrusion Protection/Prevention System) components, which are meant to alert any potentially dangerous actions executed by programs on the operating system.

As the internet threat landscape changes over the years, our response to these new challenges needs to adapt as well. Security software needs to be even more powerful, yet less intrusive to avoid any unnecessary annoying alerts. That’s why we at Emsisoft believe that a smart Behavior Blocker, as incorporated in Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Internet Security, that watches the system as a whole, is significantly better than a HIPS, which sees each action on the system individually and therefore always causes much more alert popups by design. You can read more about the differences in this article.

For the above reason, we have decided to not spend any more development time on Emsisoft Online Armor, but instead focus on improving the award-winning protection of Emsisoft Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Internet Security, which we are certain have a great future ahead.

Sales end date and support roadmap

As of today, we have stopped selling Emsisoft Online Armor. New license activations will only be possible until the end of May 2015. The official end of technical support will be March 31, 2016. Though, we will still provide updates for critical issues that may be discovered until then. At the moment we can say with certainty that we will not add Windows 10 compatibility, since that requires several major changes to the codebase.

Free upgrade to successor Emsisoft Internet Security!

The official successor product of Emsisoft Online Armor is our recently released Emsisoft Internet Security. We are happy to exchange any actively used license keys of Emsisoft Online Armor to Emsisoft Internet Security for free. Please contact our support team for an individual swap offer. If the available upgrade options don’t satisfy you for any reason, we’ll of course offer a proportionate refund for the amount paid.

We would like to thank all users for their loyalty and their support over the past years with Emsisoft Online Armor and are looking forward to a malware-free future!

  • Flavia Auditore da Firenze

    Goodbye Online Armor – the product that introduced me to Emsisoft :(

  • Injec7or

    Bad news… if properly tweaked it is one of the best HIPS out there.
    I personally use it for its overkill features… and other things that I’m not here to explain, but I understand that is not a product for everyone, but only for a niche of people.
    Guess no more “Our rock solid firewall. For geeks only.”

  • LodeHere

    I still have 516 days left on my OA. (Paid for 3 years in advance the last time renewing.)

    I want to keep using it if only for the Firewall Status monitor. I’ll feel blind not seeing what is going on with my connections. I’ve even detected a few suspicious ones in the past, and thus alerted, scanned and found spyware.

    Also when downloading things I want to see it, so I know when the download is completed.

    I’ve been enjoying OA since 2005… do I now have to look for another firewall which shows me what is going on with my connections? (If such a firewall exists that has the equivalent of OA’s Firewall Status monitor.)

    I’ll contact Emsisoft about this.

    • Mariska

      Hi, thanks for being a loyal user! Please contact support@emsisoft.com and we’ll figure something out :)

      • LodeHere

        Thank you for your kind reply. I did send an email in the mean time. I also still have 515 days left on EAM.

        I would like to keep utilizing OA for as long as possible, if only for the Firewall Status monitor. I’m so used to seeing those green mountains slowly move from right to left indicating the amount of data going in and out. I watch it when downloading something large, so I see it when all is in.

        One time I noticed a lot a little flags from connections to a country I had nothing from on my laptop as far as I knew, so I got suspicious. A scan showed that indeed I had spyware.

        So I wonder if it would not be a good idea for Emsisoft to somehow keep making that Firewall Status monitor available. I don’t know of any other program that shows what goes on with Internet connections on one’s machine as that one.

        • Beau Jeane

          Right?! l looove that thing, it’s flipping perfect!

      • Beau Jeane

        l’m sorry, but what does that even mean? l’ve been using the OA firewall for a considerable length of time too, and it’s the same features LodeHere mentions that are paramount (aside from being the best firewall around). When l just read the Header whilst updating l really thought it was an April Fool’s joke, alas no such ‘luck’. Even though l use the (free) standalone firewall, l’d be more than happy to pay for this product itself. l have to admit l haven’t checked any comprehensive info sources that might be available, but l guess you won’t continue with a -truly standalone- firewall by saving this particular part from getting obsolete? Mann.. what a letdown

  • Andrew Boughen

    You cant get rid of this I dont like programs that got virus check and firewall in one as they slow down pcs way to much If you are making good money one anti-Malware and Emsisoft internet Security then why get rid of it because you are making money on other things I think its bad Idea as loads of people said this is the best firewall out there please reconsider about this and keep it going just because windows 10 is coming out does not mean everybody going to change to it and there is still poeple that want to keep using it I think you are going to Lose alot of customers if you do this look at all the refunds you are going had to make you are going to be losing money than making it

    • LodeHere

      I have Windows 8.1 but made it look exactly like Windows 7 using a nearly free program called “StartIsBack.” (I very much dislike the flat colored play-blocks 8 screen. Reminds me of childhood, but I’m a grownup now.)

      The way my notebook works now I want to keep it with 8.1 (looking like 7) for at least another 10 years. And with my to military standards build HP Elitebook 850 with SSD that should be possible. I can miss Windows 10 like a toothache, and felt lucky to be able to skip Vista, jumping from xp to 7. But with my new machine came -to me- ugly 8, and making it look exactly like 7 was the solution.

      I suggest Emsisoft make at least that Firewall Status monitor graphics interface available as a stand alone program. It looks like it needs no updates nor work or investment. It can be left as is I would say.

  • Suzan Ragan

    This is a very disappointing piece of news. I’ve used Online Armor for over a year and have found a sense of extra safety & security that I never had before with any other firewall. I personally don’t need an internet security package. So often they are very bloated with security tools that will never be used, and slow a PC down to a crawl. And now, after searching a long time for the best firewall that suited my needs and finding Online Armor, only to have it snatched away, well, it’s like knowing you’re going to lose a good friend and not being able to do anything about it. Very sad indeed.

  • GasolineAddict

    Farewell Online Armor, thanks for the good times, you will be sorely missed…

  • Smith

    Bastards. That’s why you bought it in first place. Incapable plagiarists!!!!

  • Rui Ribeiro

    I had written it before, in your support forum, but I will say it again. This is an unfortunate decision.You can improve your behavior blocker as much as you want, it will never provide the level of security a whitelisting product, such as OA, does.
    By doing this, you are choosing to be a company that provides security options that are not the best in the industry. The firewall in EIS brings nothing, security wise that cannot be found already in a product such as the Windows firewall, other than a fancy UI. Even more so, most threats these days are not dealt with by firewalls, so EIS is nothing but EAM (which is a nice product) in a nice package, but that adds zero in terms of added security.

    So you choose a deceiving strategy, security wise, over a reliable one, that included a top of the line HIPS and pretend users will be better off with this. Well, this is the moment I stop trusting you as a reliable provider of security products. Once my licences expire, I will spend my money elsewhere. I will also stop recommending your products to all users of Windows support forum I administer..

  • Richard Howell

    Well, I guess all good things do end. I have been using Online Armor Free for quite a while and really liked it. Now, I have no choice but to search for another good free firewall. Just hard to find one that is good as well as light on resources.
    Ashame Emsisoft cannot release a free version of their Internet Security program. Oh well.

  • E.D.O.X.

    Too sad. Too bad!

  • BernieTime

    A real shame. The Online Armor firewall was a great app for people that needed a seperate firewall app. Dislike.

  • Ricky Northcott

    It is a shame they have gone and discontinued this great product. They’ve now forced me to consider Comodo’s free firewall or even Privatefirewall. Why can’t they leave well alone, it works and is better than most (if not all) of the firewalls out there. As for their reasons for the change, it does not make sense. As mention before, after next March (2016) I will not be recommending its replacement.

  • Stephen Coogan

    Oh, thats not good
    A great tool
    Is the feature set a part of/overlapped in other Emsisoft products

    • Ricky Northcott

      The firewall is different, in as it does not use HIPs.

  • Longboardxxx

    Oh
    Sad
    Great tool
    is there product feature set/overlap in nay other Emsisoft tool

  • Superboyy

    That’s really tragic ill have to leave it behind then when i upgrade to windows 10 and find something else (Double Sad Face). I really liked the online armor firewall but only want just that along with avast i don’t want a suite or to pay for anything . Can’t you reconsider ?

    • Christian

      Please find me one or two expert developers who would love to work for free and I’m happy to continue the product. Unfortunately freeware can’t pay for wages and we don’t want to go the ugly path of installing crap ware/PUPs to finance it.

      • Ricky Northcott

        Then don’t be surprised some of those customers leave for something else…

        • Christian

          I’m not at all. But our numbers so far clearly indicate that Emsisoft Internet Security is a well accepted successor for Online Armor for almost all users. It’s must more powerful (IPv6, unicode, etc.), based on a future-proof technological platform and much easier to handle, especially for non-geeks.

          By the way: Using our customer referral program it’s quite easy to get a free long term license for Emsisoft Internet Security. Just refer at least 12 trial downloads or 2 paying customers a year and you’ll get it for free for yourself. Click the License settings dialog for details.

          • Ricky Northcott

            Sorry, no can do. As I’ve already renew my AV program long before you made your plans known. As I only want a firewall and not a program that will do the same as I’ve already got, we’ll be looking around for something else.

          • Christian

            What are the reasons why you want to keep your existing AV? Which one is it?

          • Ricky Northcott

            Simple – its a Paid program and I don’t want to pay for something that does the same thing, just to get a firewall. All some of us want is a firewall that works and for whatever reason, do not want the rest. And no, I will not say what it is… End of Story.