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  1. It was OA free v4.5.1.431 and I have avast! free installed.

    Going to OA's Exclusions list under Options and adding the Avast! folder (Alwil Software or AVAST Software depending on your installation) could solve the problem.

    Don't forget to check the box on the left to include also subfolders: image

    You may want to read more on OA's Exclusions tab here:



  2. I don't know if there is Italian speaker on this forum otherwise English forum will help :rolleyes:

    Hey Ray, I'm Italian! :D

    XP Professional (+ SP3)

    - OA Free

    - altri software: Avira P.E, MBAM Pro

    - fw precedenti: nessuno, pc formattato e sempre usato OA

    Purtroppo chiudendo OA è tutto ok!

    Con questa nuova versione il lento boot pare migliorato, ma il problema sul WEB e su tutto il PC nelle passate versioni (6-12 mesi fa) non c'era.

    Ciao Alvaro,

    Per prima cosa dovresti provare ad inserire Avira, MBAM Pro ed ogni altro software di sicurezza con monitoraggio in realt-time tra le esclusioni di OA:

    Non dimenticare di spuntare la casella a sinistra per includere anche le sottocartelle.

    Riguardo gli altri software di sicurezza, consiglierei di escludere anche OA dai rispettivi "monitoraggi".

    Questo sia per risparmiare preziose risorse di sistema e sia per evitare possibili e probabili conflitti - dato che da quel che ho capito hai almeno tre differenti software che monitorano in tempo reale.

    Fammi sapere se risolvi.



  3. You are welcome, strdstrx. I know you weren't complaining about my suggestions - and sorry for my "rude" English by the way.

    I like firewall to ask me for permissions for each application, and to create rules myself. I preffer that way - to know exactly what is going on, and which app is trying to go online.

    After disabling Learning Mode you can always check the History for any program automatically allowed by OA and, if you want, you can manually revert its status.

    You could read more on Learning Mode here:



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  4. It does occur all the time in situations like this: If I play a game (Far Cry recently) and I exit it and start Firefox, all responding in Firefox will be terribly slow. I can't easily switch tabs, page opening takes forever, etc. Also some other actions are slow, for example changing language layout from the language bar icon on the taskbar. But if I turn off Online Armor everything begins to run fast and smooth.

    Did you trust and allow every items related to Far Cry (and Firefox) in Programs? It seems like OA keeps scanning FC even after exiting the game...

    Just as an experiment, you could try temporary adding FC to the exclusions list and see if this solves the problem. If it does, then you could try using learning mode (after clearing the FC entry in the exclusions list) as explained in this post:

    Please, be sure that your system is free of malware before enabling Learning Mode because any malware on your system while in Learning Mode will automatically be allowed to run and ignored by Online Armor.

    Anyway, I trust that more experienced users may help if my suggestions do not work.



  5. Untrusting the network interface just restricts NETBIOS (and other restricted ports) access to the nodes in the Computer's list. So the router would not be able to connect to your computer using one of these ports.

    Thanks a lot, Catprincess. Just another question. Considering Internet performance and security, should I trust the Gateway (Router) or should I simply leave it as Unknown (through an "un-trusted" Network Interface)?

    I don't use Netbios - and XP NetBIOS Helper Service is also disabled.


  6. I believe the restricted ports apply to all traffic (not just local subnet traffic). The Interfaces and Computers tabs modify the restrictions (blocked ports) as explained in the help pages. For devices on the LAN, the above is believed to be correct.

    You are right. Restricted ports do apply to Internet connections in general and to local connections depending on the status of both the interface and individual computers. By the way, I just noticed that these references in the Web Help have been updated (now the Computers List section shows notes on Restricted Ports).

    Anyway, my question was about the reason why an "unknown" Gateway (Router) can connect to my LAN through an "un-trusted" Network Interface,

    I thought that the connection should be denied if the gateway connects to my computer through a network interface that is Not-Trusted.

    However, I had not thought that perhaps it can connect to my computer without any restrictions just because it only uses port 80, which is obviously not restricted... Am I wrong on this?


  7. You could try setting mutually exclusions for all your security software with real-time monitoring - Avast, OA...

    For more info on exclusions in OA:

    *don't forget to tick "include subfolders"

    For the main exclusions in Avast! AV, go to: Real Time Shield / File System Shield / Expert Settings / Exclusions

    With regard to how setting exclusions up in Avast! AV, you may find useful some related posts in this old thread:



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  8. I also have big problems with OA and with this game!

    You could try closing Battlefield and deleting all the items related to it in the Programs List.

    After that put OA in Learning Mode - Please, keep in mind that you must be sure that your system is free of malware before enabling Learning Mode because any malware on your system while in Learning Mode will automatically be allowed to run and ignored by Online Armor.

    Reboot your system and start Battlefield. Play with it for a few seconds and then close it.

    Exit Learning Mode, go to the Programs List, search for all the items related to Battlefield and trust all of them.

    I hope this may help you.

    You can read more about Learning Mode here:



  9. You have the choice to enable or disable Firewall Logging. You can read more about how to enable or disable Firewall logging here:

    For example: it is recommended to turn off logging in order to ensure fastest P2P performances.

    If that CNET user was referring to the Websites List in the Web Shield: it doesn't list every URL that you have visited but just the Unknown, Not-Trusted (both with filtered content) or Blocked websites.

    On the other hand, Web Shield can be configured to clear automatically the Web Sites List of all Unknown websites every time you restart your computer.

    Moreover you can disable the entire Web Shield if you don't need this feature (as I did).

    You can read more about both Web Shield and the Websites List here:



  10. One thing to keep in mind is that any malware on your system while in Learning Mode will automatically be allowed to run and ignored by Online Armor (Online Armor Online Help). So you must be sure that your system is "clean" before enabling Learning Mode.

    It is something that should be handled with extreme care IMHO.



  11. If this doesn't work, you could try selecting "Installer" from the advanced options.

    Just to be clear, you will be, arguably, lessening the security provided by the program guard, for this program. However, if this is a program that you know and trust, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.


    Marking a program as an installer means that any Unknown programs it needs to run will be allowed automatically. So think twice before marking a download manager as an installer. However, I would not recommend to do so, even if it could probably solve your problem - as Qwerty wrote.