Ok - downloaded and installed: eTrust PestPatrol Versions Report This report was generated on: 12/13/2005-9:12:01 PM eTrust PestPatrol Version: 5. 0. 1. 6 (eTrust EZ Licensing) SDK Version: 126.96.36.199 PPFILE.DAT Version: 12/13/2005-5:29:18 PM PPINFO.DAT Version: 12/13/2005-5:29:18 PM PPLOC.DAT Version: 12/13/2005-5:29:18 PM First tried setting a delay and IMON did not stay active after every reboot - the few times I tried - could work 100% - but decided to try the PP exclusion method. Made these PestPatrol settings: [v] Start Active Protection when my computer starts Exclusions Add File/Folder C:\WINDOWS\system32\imon.dll -- where imon.dll is on my system [v] C:\WINDOWS\system32\imon.dll -- clicked in the box to check Save Report Close On my WinXP SP2, rebooted 3 times and IMON remained active after each. Probably feel more confident after 21, 31 reboots. Right now, PestPatrol ActiveProtection icon shows in SysTray ~ 4 sec. before the NOD32 icon. Don't know how accurate the icons SysTray appearance is as far as actual load sequence, timing. Anyway - I have no delay set. edit: For '?' in title due to mata7's following post. - - - - Uninstalled PP - will reinstall this evening and see if can use due to licensing requirement - cancelled, 'terminated' license - - - - if then can, will try the PP udpdate and see what happens here.