Yeah, I remember when it started to get bloated, it was depressing to me. I loved that it was light and just did the job of an AV and not try to do things better suited to other apps (outbound FW's/HIPS/etc...). Not only because it's lighter this way but less potential for conflict. There's nothing more irritating when trying out a new AV than seeing it say you have to uninstall basically every other security product you have first due to conflicts. The old versions of Avira Free never had that problem. They played nicely with everything else I had. Just resident file protection on the free version, and web scanning on a paid version... and that's all that's needed IMO. Leave the rest to other apps. That was their M.O. back in the day and it was a bad idea to change it and try to be like everyone else IMO. Instead of shiny new toys use your time improving your engine, keeping your detection top notch, hardening it from termination and keeping it light. And you have the peace of mind of knowing it'll play nicely with other security apps which is a huge advantage over much of it's competition. Because let's face it, these days nobody is going to uninstall their firewalls, HIPS, sandboxes, or boot to restore apps for an AV. Heck, I wouldn't even trade a hosts file for one.