Hello: FYI, I just downloaded and installed the firewall program that came with Online Armor V 188.8.131.52 which is the paid version. So what we post here may or may not apply to OA Free. Stem suggested (off line) that I might like this FW as it has black list features among others. This thread will explore the use of this FW, and along the way hopefully we can share some tricks to optimize the usage of the HIPS features. IMHO, this product is a suite, so that alone is a departure for me. But I have an open mind on this point. AS before a learning thread is not offer a chance to "knock" OA. Far from it. Support for OA is in the usual OA forum etc. I also post questions there under the same id as here and will link to threads and posts there to avoid duplicate keying work. I have had this installed for about 1 hour, so I have many questions and much work to do. You need to turn on the advanced features to work these screens. One screen I wanted to show dealing with MY acceptable counties. Your list will be different. Your own home country would be allowed plus any where your software gets updated. Please don't get mad at me if your country isn't on my list. Everybody builds their own. If you don't believe in restricting countries that's fine you just don't use that feature. I added 1 country for NOD 32 to get it to update. The other screen is dealing with the program white list where they are allowed or not. I have some questions pending over at OA about how to tweak the entires. At the moment I can't seem to get the ask feature to work. The block setting does work. I tested it. What can you tell us about how to use the FW? What are your questions and answers? on the HIPS and or FW?