(Note to mods and flamers - this is a genuine review, not intended as flamebait or trolling - just my own experience - thought it might be useful)
I've finally removed Online Armor (Free) after trialling it for 2 months - I just wanted to provide some feedback for you.
About me - I'm 33, and I've grown up owning or using just about every version of Windows since 3.1 onwards (excluding ME and Vista). Before that I used MSDOS, and I've owned Macs from OS9 to 10.6 - I'm also familiar with Ubuntu for 6.x to 10.x
In terms of security software I've tried pretty much all of the free packages over the years, and in terms of malware the last thing I remember seeing was a Java Trojan in about 2002 that a housemate downloaded (I think it was a poker 'cheat console' or something similar). I'm the guy at work that gets asked to help people out when they get viruses - I'm not an expert, but I don't like seeing people pay £100 to PC World for something I could fix for free. This is just some background so you can see what 'level' of user I am.
For the past year or so my core set up has been
Windows 7 64 > Windows Firewall > Open DNS > MS Essentials > MBAM free (on demand scans) > Chrome & Firefox with Adblock Plus and third party cookies blocked.
I keep UAC and Auto Updates enabled.
The thing I like about this set up is that its free, and its almost entirely 'invisible' unless I choose to dig deeper.
I decided to try out OA after being recommended on another forum - and have to say that there are a lot of good things about it
- Installation is simple (if a little time consuming)
- Interface is quite clean and easy to navigate (but the giant horse boat image is ugly and tacky)
- Status Windows and Tray Icon are clear and useful
- It didn't have any noticable impact on performance
- Popups clear and well explained
BUT - my issue is purely and simply with the number of popups.
Even after trusting 'everything' it will still regularly ask about known trusted programs (Google Updater being the most common), but it becomes simply infuriating during software installations.
Selecting Install Mode appeared to have little effect as I would see at least 20 popups doing something as simple as installing a game, and I'm sure I saw over 30 during the installation of Libre Office. The final straw came when I installed Songbird, using install mode, and I still saw 20 odd OA popups. Remember my decision, Trust this program and Install mode appeared to have no impact (although maybe without them I would have had even more to deal with).
I understand that I could probably turn off all the HIPs features, or at least use Learning Mode, but for me OA had become more of a pest that it was worth.
To put it another way - this was software downloaded from a trusted source, which neither OpenDNS or Chrome has any problems with, scanned with MSE and manually with MBAM - yet Online Armor just repeatedly asked me to confirm that I really REALLY wanted to install it.
So its not for me - security software should remain silent until something genuinely dangerous is happening. I wouldn't, at present, recommend it my parents for example.
So there you go - my little amateur run down - I hope you find it useful.