You should use what you believe will help protect your system.
Let's hope Earthlink customers here will share their thoughts about the free PCC from Earthlink.
You wrote that you don't trust NAV anymore but you believe that all in one application is easier for you. There are standalone tools (free) that is easier for many user's systems too and it is:
1. AVG Free
2. Spybot S&D
3. Ad-aware SE
4. Kerio Personal Firewall or Outpost Firewall or ZoneAlarm
5. MVPS Hosts File or hpHOSTS
8. Microsoft AntiSpyware (BETA)
9. ewido security suite and/or a-squared free
The advantage only of keeping all-in-one are:
Earthlink PCC is free since you are a customer
With Earthlink PCC, you maintain all protections at one time while with the above, you are maintaining a lot but with the growing numbers of malware, one antispyware is not enough. Also, some antispyware is not detecting anymore what others can detect.
This means, if you are concerned with your computer's security, you will install and scan the system using more than 1 antispyware and run an online antivirus scan.
I use earthlink as my isp, and just recently they revamped what they call the "protection center". It has a firewall thats compatible with windows firewall, scans for adware, spyware, and viruses [as well as other features]. It won't let you use it with other anti virus programs such as norton, [which I am paid up with until 2007. I'm wondering if anybody can tell me if earthlinks protection center is comprehensive enough to use instead of my norton program, as it would certainly be less strain on my pc, easier on me to have all in one application, and frankly I don't trust norton any more. I have a dell dimension desktop 4300, running windows XP, w/sp2, 512 MB ram, 2 internal hard drives 1 20GB, and 1 120GB, I rum seperate programs like ad aware, registy mechanic, spybot search and destroy, etc. I could use some professional advice!!!