Preparation and Installation
Online Armor runs only in 32-bit editions of XP and Vista computers, but it will also run in both 32-bit and 64-bit edition of Windows 7. If you are using 64-bit version of XP and Vista, do not download or install the Online Armor program.
The Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP operating systems include firewall protection out of the box. You don't have to disable Windows firewall before installing Online Armor because this third-party software will disable it for you. If you are using other firewall programs such as Outpost, ZoneAlarm, or Privatefirewall, you will need to remove it from your computer before proceeding to install Online Armor software.
During installation of Online Armor, you will receive two Windows security warnings about “TLEM network service and adapters." Simply allow the installation because those are software drivers required by Online Armor.
An Internet connection must be active when installing Online Armor because you will go through some steps that require a connection. The installer will prompt for your email address to register and activate the program, even with the free version of the firewall software. Another reason an Internet connection should be active is because the setup will launch a “Safety Check Wizard." This safety check process is essential to run because it will download available and necessary updates for Online Armor. It will also connect to the Emsisoft servers to check the trustworthiness of files found on your system against their database. They are using Online Armor Software Information Service (OASIS) that helps the firewall software determine if the programs and processes in the computer are known or unknown. If any files or programs in your computer are unknown, you will see "Needs Attention" in the scanned section. You will need to decide whether to allow or deny the software to use the Internet. If all files or processes in your computer are known and trusted already, you will see "Passed" shown in the scanned area.
Note that the safety check wizard in Online Armor provides two types of wizard: Trust everything on this computer and a Step-by-step wizard. If you are not familiar with rule-based firewall program, choose the first option. Advanced users may want to use the latter to ensure that you are only allowing programs that you want the firewall to use any traffic.
A computer restart is required to finish the installation of the firewall program so all drives and configurations will take effect.