Yeah Avast has really gone bloatware downhill. It was speedy and had a small footprint back in the day.
I've been using Windows Security exclusively for about a month and it's been fine. No issues. The only annoying thing is the ransomware protection pop up that comes up when running some applications. But that's it.
I think Kaspersky is very good but it's also become very bloated and gets in everywhere on your computer. They have pop ups for their VPN, password manager, their sandboxed window for financial sites, etc.
There are many different anti-virus programs on the market. Some people use Norton, others use McAfee, and still others use Kaspersky. I have used all of these programs at one time or another and have had good experiences with each of them.
Norton is a well-known program that many people trust. It has a good detection rate and is easy to use. McAfee is also a well-known and trusted program. It has a high detection rate and is easy to use. Kaspersky is a lesser-known program, but it has a very high detection rate and is also easy to use.
I have used all three of these programs and have been happy with them. I would recommend any of them to someone looking for an anti-virus program.