Question about startup sequence!

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by ratchet, Jan 16, 2012.

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  1. ratchet

    ratchet Registered Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    From a security stand point, should your firewall or anti-virus be the first application to load? Can you reorder start items with msconfig? I know you could with WinPatrol and probably with other programs. If you have to use a third party app to reorder them, will the "new" sequence remain after the third party app is removed? Thank you!
  2. safeguy

    safeguy Registered Member

    Jun 14, 2010
    Firewall should always come 1st before AV. But don't worry...that is not affected by the sequence of start items (those are usually for the GUI, tray icons). You don't have to do anything to achieve what you're seeking.
  3. Victek

    Victek Registered Member

    Nov 30, 2007
    Norton Internet Security 201X (and likely NAV as well) has an "Enable Boot Time Protection" option which can be set to Normal/Aggressive/Off. Product Help says it starts Norton Auto-Protect when the computer is first turned On, but it doesn't say what the difference is between Normal and Aggressive settings. I've been using NIS for years and don't know in detail how other security apps work in this regard, but any worth using are going to start early in the boot process. Core security components usually load as services. What you see in the startup list in Winpatrol are executables that may be GUI elements or updaters, etc, but they are not core protection. Delaying startup items is more about helping the system reach a usable start sooner by booting essential items first and nonessential items afterward in the background (do a search on Soluto). By using the delayed startup feature in Winpatrol you can effectively reorder the loading sequence. If you want to uninstall Winpatrol you need to return those delayed items to the normal startup section otherwise they will be orphaned. I don't believe MS Config has any reordering capability. Hope this helps!
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