The Options section allows you to make changes that affect how Online Armor behaves, without regard to individual programs or protection settings. You can access the Options by opening the Online Armor Control Panel and selecting Options from the Main Menu.
The General tab allows you to change how Online Armor works in a more general way. These options include the following:
- Check for updates – Allows you to change if or how often Online Armor will automatically check for updates. This includes both program updates and signature updates.
- Beta updates – Selecting this option configures Online Armor to automatically update to the latest public beta versions. If you later decide to disable this option, Online Armor will revert to the current release version. We recommend that only experienced users select this option, or when you are requested to do this for fault-finding purposes. Public beta updates may still contain bugs and cause unpredictable problems.
- Internet Settings – Allows you to configure a proxy server if needed, such as if you are on a company network.
- Show update notifications – Allows you to configure whether Online Armor will display a notification when a program or signature update takes place.
- Join the Anti-Malware Network – Allows you to change whether Online Armor will automatically send information to Emsisoft's Anti-Malware Network regarding detected malware and program behavior. The data is processed to generate statistics and suggestions to help other Anti-Malware Network participants.
- Interface language – Allows you to change what language Online Armor uses.
- Mode – Allows you to change between Standard, Advanced, and Banking modes.
- Enable multi desktop support – Enables support for virtual desktops.
- Enable GUI autolock – Allows you to choose whether Online Armor will be automatically locked after a few minutes of inactivity to ensure that it is not accidentally left unlocked if you must step away from the computer. This feature will only be available if a password has been set.
- Launch Online Armor at next startup – Allows you to change whether Online Armor will automatically start the next time your computer is rebooted.
- Enable debug mode – When you enable this feature, Online Armor will create detailed logs that can help our developers to see what Online Armor is doing when a problem occurs.
The Firewall tab allows you to make overall changes to the Online Armor Firewall that are not covered in the Firewall settings. The Firewall tab contains the following options:
- Automatically allow Trusted programs to access the internet – Allows you to change whether Online Armor will automatically allow programs on the Trusted list to access the internet. Disabling this option will cause Online Armor to pop-up when any program attempts to connect to the internet.
- Autoconfigure trusted programs (Advanced mode only) – Allows you to change whether Online Armor will automatically create rules to allow ports and protocols as programs use them. Disabling this option will cause Online Armor to pop-up any time a program uses a new port or protocol not covered by an existing rule.
- Notify me when programs are allowed to access the internet – Allows you to change whether Online Armor will display a notification when the Firewall automatically allows and/or autoconfigures a Trusted program for internet access. This option is only available if "Automatically allow trusted programs to access the internet" and/or "Autoconfigure trusted programs" are selected.
- Enable logging – Changes whether Online Armor will keep a log of specified Firewall events.
- Additional debug info (Advanced mode only) – Logs additional information needed for debugging firewall programs by the Online Armor development team. If you are gathering logs to send the Online Armor team to help resolve a problem, then please enable this option.
- Default Logging Level – Allows you to select whether Online Armor logs only Allowed events, only Blocked events, or all Firewall activity.
- Block all the traffic during system boot – Allows you to configure Online Armor to automatically block all internet traffic while your computer is starting, when Online Armor cannot display Firewall pop-ups. This option may interfere with normal networking communications on some systems, preventing you from establishing a proper network connection until after Online Armor is fully running.
- Enable Windows Firewall when OA is disabled (Advanced mode only) – When ticked, this option will ensure that Windows Firewall is switched on, if you choose to shutdown Online Armor or untick the Firewall component on the General section.
- Show firewall activity in tray – Allows you to change whether the Firewall status icon is shown in the system tray
- New networks discovery – Allows Online Armor to detect new networks and lets you assign separate trust statuses to each new network via a popup. When this option is enabled, the interface status will then reflect the Trust status of the network you are currently connected to. If this option is disabled, Online Armor will not detect new networks and they will instead be treated according to the Trust status you have previously chosen for your interface.
- Enable active subnet scan – If this option is enabled, Online Armor will periodically attempt to communicate with other computers on your LAN to track whether they are on or off.
- Lookup external IP address – Checks the external IP address if you are behind a router and uses that address on screens such as the Firewall Status Display.
- Intercept Loopback interface – Some programs that filter internet content (such as some ad-blockers, antivirus software, and spam filters) operate as a proxy server which your internet software is then configured to connect to in order to connect to the internet. This connection is created using the "loopback interface". Most loopback connections are harmless system functions, however if you are running a proxy that is already allowed to access the internet, malicious software could potentially use this software to connect to the internet without the Firewall alerting you. This option allows you to change whether Online Armor will pop-up when the loopback interface is used and is enabled by default.
- Filter invalid MAC addresses (according to IEEE OUI listing) (Advanced mode only) – Blocks connections originating from computers with invalid hardware (MAC) addresses. MAC addresses follow standards, so invalid addresses may indicate an intrusion attempt.
- Uninstall Firewall (Advanced mode only) – Allows you to remove the Firewall component of Online Armor while keeping the rest of the protection. You can use this option if the Firewall conflicts with another program or if you are using another firewall.
This tab allows you to specify folders that will not be monitored by Online Armor in any way, preventing pop-ups or restrictions of any kind by Online Armor for the programs within the specified folders.
Allows you to create backups of your Online Armor settings so they can be fully restored at a later time, such as if you reinstall Online Armor. Once you have created a backup of your settings a record will be created in the list below the Backup and Restore buttons for your reference. You can also restore previously backed up settings in this tab.
The Backup/Restore Tab contains the following option:
- Enable automatic backup – When enabled, Online Armor will automatically make a full settings backup to Program Files\Online Armor\Backup which can be used to restore your settings. Automatic backups are made daily; either when the current day changes, or if the computer is not switched on at this time, an automatic backup will be made during the next boot.
Allows you to see and configure key combinations that control various functions of Online Armor. You can change a Hotkey by either selecting it in the list and clicking the Set button, or double-clicking any entry in the list. Once a Hotkey is set the entry will be colored yellow for visual reference.
If you do not wish Online Armor to respond to any key combination then you can place a check in the box labeled "Disable Hotkeys" underneath the list.
The License tab displays the product details and your license information.
- Product information – Shows the edition of Online Armor that your license is for.
- License key – Displays your license key when you click the "Show license" link. If you have purchased a key, you can also activate it here.
- License expiry – Shows the number of days remaining of your license or trial. Your license entitles you to receive program version updates, and access to the latest Online Armor information on files and signatures. This section is not displayed if you are using Online Armor Free.
- Buy now/Buy renewal – If you are using the trial version you can purchase a license by clicking the "Buy now" button. If you have previously purchased a license, you will instead see a "Buy renewal" button that allows you to renew your existing license at any time. This section is not displayed if you are using Online Armor Free.
- Obtain a new key – Clicking the "Order now" button takes you to Online Armor website where you can purchase a new license key.