The firewall isn’t starting last, the icons in systray are just the user interfaces. Have a look at the list below and you will see that Services start before programs and your firewall/antivirus starts as services. You can move programs between keys 7 and 11 but don't change any others.
The start order is controlled by registry keys. This is the actual sequence, starting immediately after boot.ini has been read and ending with your program entries in Start > All Programs > Startup.
2.Services are started
3.User (some) enters a password to logon to the system
Programs for ALL USERS keys start next:
Programs in CURRENT USER keys start next:
14.Programs in STARTUP FOLDER(S) are started last of all
Last edited by BurrWalnut; 12th June 2008 at 15:27.
Here is an idea for you. Get WinPatrol. http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html
While it is a monitoring program to detect things being added to some areas of your system and startups, it also has the ability to delay some items in your startup.
After installation, click on the Startup Programs tab, right click on the items you want delayed, then select 'Move to Delayed Start Programs'. Then go to the Delayed Start tab, and set the time of delay.
Zone Alarm does run as a service. The icon you see that loads in the system tray is just what BurrWalnut said. It's an access point to the user interface.
Look in your services (start>run>services.msc). It should be there but......, it won't be called Zone Alarm. It will be named True Vector service or vsmon service. Something like one of those anyway. Sorry, I can't be sure. It's been a while since I had Zone Alarm. However, I know for a fact that it does start as a service. It won't be called Zone Alarm service though.
Zander - yes it is true vector for Zone Alarm and saw it in services -forgot about True vector when i was looking.
Not actually that worried , more just curious. In fact I actually do not connect to the network until I am all booted up. Always enable/disable when I logon/logoff. This is a habit I started a long time ago and is one extra step I don't mind performing.