I've been using AVG Internet Security antivirus and firewall for last few years (I like that it's an integrated tool).
Each year it seems to get worse and worse -- more bloated, more opaque, more intrusive into system, more convoluted, slower, etc.
Today I plugged in one of my backup drives, and slowly started getting notices that AVG was deleting files from it that were dangerous mail attachments. It was a backup of an older mail folder, so the problem is not so much that it was deleting malicious files (the attachments in the old mail folders were surely spam and bad) -- the point is --- I don't need my pc slowed down by an antivirus scanning entire backup drives the moment i plug them in.. It's just one more example of AVG trying to "help" me by doing a million things behind my back that slow down my pc. STOP DOING THINGS I DIDN'T ASK YOU TO DO!
I think I am basically at my breaking point and need to move to another software.
Any other suggestions for a NON-BLOATED antivirus + firewall combo?