Normally any security software expects you to know minimally what it does, as there is no "magical recipe" that you simply install and forget about it and yet it protects against everything. Antiviruses often needs to setup the level of protection (and system load) for active scanning and firewalls needs rules to be specified according to the user's needs, to give examples.
Kaspersky I think is among the best antiviruses and don't seems to be overly intrusive too. The MSE suggested is just average in comparison, but it seems to favor the "set and forget" way as it has little option to control behavior. Seems like it's designed for people that don't care about security.
For a firewall, if you don't really know how to use one, I would suggest to leave without one, as they will only get in the way.