I've been considering switching off of Avast recently. I'm not a fan of what they've done to the UI, and the popups for their sales have seemed to get a bit too frequent IMO. Additionally, Avast doesn't seem to understand that false-positive means false-positive - when I reported files as false-positive, they were still moved to the virus chest and I commonly had to add a few folders above the file I wanted to block to the exclusions in order for the exclusion to take effect. I did some googling to find what the most popular antivirus programs are, and checked the commonly linked-to post by quietman7, and Bitdefender seems to be a popular choice on all fronts. However, a search of the forums didn't show any threads about it, so I figured I'd ask here.
I do a lot of gaming, but it's fairly safe to turn off my AV during gaming since I play through Steam. I am fairly advanced when it comes to computer knowledge so I don't need a tool that's overly simple, but I dislike a UI that's unintuitive (such as Avast putting the virus quarantine under "Component status"). I need an antivirus that has around the same kind of protection as Avast - active web protection, file protection, and antivirus scanning. Mail protection isn't really necessary as I just log on to sites to view my mail. Will Bitdefender fill my needs? Is it any better or worse than Avast?