Hi ritual1982 and welcome to the McAfee Community Forums,
I'm sorry to hear of the major problems you've experienced with your McAfee program. (I myself am a Cox Internet customer too).
Until perhaps some of our more enlightened/knowledgeable forum members and Moderators can stop by to review your post, I would just venture to say that from reading your post...you certainly appear to be quite knowledgeable and "attuned" to the ins and outs of computer security issues. That being said, we both know that there is no AV or other security product on the market that will be 100% effective at catching all malware infections...unfortunately.
One observation I note is you didn't indicate whether or not you have tried supplementing your AV with an anti-malware program, such as Malwarebytes or SAS. I've had my share of infections get past McAfee, but subsequently found that regularly using a good antimalware program in conjunction with a good AV has dramatically reduced incidents of malware infection for me. (In the past 12 months, I have only encountered one - - a Sirefef trojan).
Hope you are able to find an effective program or combination of programs to resolve the issues you have experienced!
I am sick and tired of excuses about no anti virus can ever stop all of them. If a company is pushing that as its mantra its already lost. Computers are machines and they do what ww tell them. I'm not an expert by any means but I am far from a novice. I had McAfee settings at a higher security level then comes as default. But that doesn't do anything when if you want to watch a streaming video you are just as vulnerable then the guy that has no security. McAfee doesn't have any protection against exploits in say someone trying to remotely exploit me with a malicious flash video stream. I can either not watch videos on the internet, or I can watch them and be exposed. A billion dollar company like McAfee should have the flash code dissassembled into timbuktoo by now and have scans for video files that do not conform to nice behavior. In fact they should have a scanner that does that for every file or network packet I come into contact with. virus,s all have things in common like they all want to hide, communicate with badguys, listen for keystrokes. McAfee they should have itself so far up my computers *** that it alerts me when software even thinks about doing something naughty. But the best they can come up with is some weak *** signature file that looks for virus,s that have been found the months and years before, probably submitted by some *** hacker for a little extra cash. with all the money mcafee has, they should have their own operating system. mcafee total security should not be a firewall and anti virus program, it should be a total rewrite of windows or Linux. Anything less they are doing as little as possible trying to get the most money. Thank you for the reply though.