Saturday, June 25, 2022

Antivirus From Your ISP

Are all antivirus programs alike?  Pretty much so.  They are primarily signature based, meaning that as malware is discovered, a signature is developed for it and added to the antivirus signature database.  If that signature matches something on your computer, the antivirus programs handles it.  In that case, what is the first thing you should look for when shopping for an antivirus program?


If you have internet in your home, then you have an Internet Service Provider, or ISP.  In this area, it is usually AT&T, Century Link or Xfinity. Did you know that either of these will provide you an antivirus program with no additional charge?

Your cellphone provider may also provide this type of program, such as Verizon's Internet Security Suite (McAfee).

You probably have an on-line account with your ISP.  Log in and search for antivirus.  You'll be able to download and install it without a fee, as long as you have an account with that ISP.   These are full featured software programs, just like the one you've been paying sometimes big bucks for.  Click on the image to go to your providers site. 



Virus protection - Blocks and removes viruses before they get to your PC or Mac.
Hack prevention - Protects and conceals your computer from hackers.
Spyware blocking and removal - Blocks spyware before it installs on your computer and removes spyware that’s already present.
Parental controls (PC only) - Gives you the power to customize age-appropriate access to websites, set up safe searching, create filter and blocking lists, and set time limits for internet access, all under password protection.
Computer health checks - Cleans clutter off your computer so it stays secure.
Search and surf safety measures - McAfee SiteAdvisor adds security ratings to websites to help you avoid online dangers.
Computer security management - Gives you one-click access to your computer's security info with McAfee Security Center. Scan your computer, check for updates, and configure your security settings with this easy-to-use dashboard.
Automatic updates and protection - Uses McAfee's Security as a Service technology to continuously and automatically update your computer with the latest software and security-threat data for the life of your subscription.
Protection for multiple computers - Protects up to three computers, whether you have PCs, Macs, or both.
Free online support - Provides comprehensive online support free of charge at Use McAfee Virtual Technician to diagnose and fix many problems related to your McAfee product, or access our FAQs and search tool to help find answers.


Xfinity discontinued it's free use of Norton in January 2021.  It now claims it blocks viruses at your gateway router, if you have one.  If you are still looking for antivirus, consider checking with your cell phone provider.  If on Windows, then use Windows Security.  I also recommend Malwarebytes.  At the very least, install Malwarebytes Browser Guard on your web browser.




Century Link

If Century Link is your Internet Provider, they offer McAfee Anti-virus at no charge.  Go to their website for more information.


If you are replacing your current antivirus with one from your ISP, you need to uninstall the current antivirus and reboot first!  If you have two separate antivirus programs installed, they will each compete with your computer resources and slow down your entire computer.   So if you got a new computer with a complimentary, one year subscription and that is getting ready to expire, log into your ISP, download their antivirus program, uninstall the current one, reboot and install the new one!