NOT put my safety in the hands of any ISP as their 1st commitment is to their profits, NOT your security! I'm on Rogers/Yahoo! Cable and have seen too many breaches for my comfort. I believe ISPs "adjust" their free security to disregard/ignore the cookies/spyware that their contract suppliers pay them to allow thru to your machine, plus their own tracking of you to sell to 3rd parties. Hence I've never used their"sales incentives"(incl. AV/AS/Multi-mailboxes, special offers etc.). I would suggest IF all else from service is satisfactory, you may be better off staying w/ QWest as the "devil you know" rather than start w/another. WLOC is,to me, NOT the be all service. Is QWest starting to "choke bandwidth" as a money saving
proposition? If so, then a change may be an improvement.
Instead, I prefer to trust 3rd parties who are straight "1 trick ponies" in security, still need funds but likely more altruistic, particularly those offering "Free versions", often with reduced features or conveniences, that still offer V.Good protection without spyware etc. At least it's a 2-way intersection (their reputation & your protection) rather than a 3 or 4 way junction.
A combination of them may well serve your needs. Such
combinations (since no 1 program gets everything) as (depending on OS,SPs, machine specifications etc.) Avira Free AV/Avast!AV/Avg Free AV/ plus others such as Malwarebytes MBAM/SAS/Spybot Search & Destroy/Comodo Firewall & BOClean , Zone Alarm free Firewall etc. are my choice variables. Just be aware that the more "all-in-1" protection they offer, the more likely to conflict with other security programs.
Perhaps NOT exactly answering your question but, I believe, a better option to consider. I have had many I personally know, who have been trashed & forced into re-formatting from depending on ISP supplied protections & toolbars.
If you give specifications of your system, you may get opinions on possible good combi's for your needs free or pay. "Tools" sticky at top of this forum has listed trustworthy ones & links. Good Luck!
Two questions, please:
One: Does anyone know what QWest will do for DSL customers for on-line protection after June. Its slated to eliminate McAfee and Win Liveone Care Prot. after June 09.
Two: Qwest offered free DSL security, and I am just now looking at ATT-Yahoo. I have DSL, are any other Internet providers offering these suites or combos--that is as freeware for DSL customers? I would like to be advised of the competetion with the WLOC, McAfee from Qwest, the ATT-Yahoo. Understand? Thanks a lot!