I gave up on Mailwasher Pro a long time ago, it will not stop spam. Instead I use click here which is a small simple tool, easy to set up and operate, it will not stop spam but allows me to see headers and contents if there is any there, then delete without downloading.
A friend of mine who lives in sheltered housing which supplies a free to use Internet enabled PC, never uses it as it's ISP is Orange and he is unable to connect for longer that a couple of minutes. He prefers to walk to the local library which is healthier anyway:-)
Myself I have been with AOL for just under four years, although I had my gripes in the past, since late on last year I did a deal with them, after requesting a mac code. They have now supplied a router and I only pay £9.99p per month, but what is most important since installing the router their service has been beyond reproach, I would not now change my ISP.
Speed is only 2 MBs but download is unlimited, as I understand it with some greater speed services you are governed by locality and Internet traffic which can slow you down anyway, so why pay the extra.