Another similar program is Startup Cop
. The benefit of using such soft becomes obvious when using, for example, disk service packages like Acronis etc. that load service managers at startup requiring network access to ID local hard drives. When Antivirus & Firewall is selected to start first, the whole startup process is greatly accelerated, and there is no delay to start network services and disk service managers. If they don't start, one can't defrag or backup the drives. There are some other benefits, many center around starting AV services first at boot compare to other programs. Despite most AV have their own startup priorities, its not always endup in fast Windows boot, unless manually corrected.