The settings are what they are to enable smooth running of your system. If you don't like them you can alter them to stealth or even lockdown if you wish. Some Microsoft processes' access is dictated by Microsoft hence it is unalterable - it's their operating system so they make the rules in some cases. If other parts of the software do not work try running the Virtual Technician: http://mvt.mcafee.com/ and if that doesn't work, try uninstalling as per THIS FAQ. Of course Technical Support is free of charge if you need them but from what you've said in your other posts you appear to have an aversion to their ethnicity. Support is in India to save costs as explained in one of your other threads. I agree, it would be nice if all support was locally provided but that's the way it is for many companies in today's world economy.
As far as being in bed with Microsoft is concerned, well a certain amount of cooperation between companies is inevitable and necessary in this case as they make the operating systems after all. The same goes for Apple and Google for Android when using the software available for those devices.
You mention government access, well that is dictated by the U.S. government, and software makers, in the US at least, have had to cooperate. I doubt that it was willingly. The access has to be authorised in that case.
As all your posts so far have been rants and in certain parts haven't made much sense, I think it's time to read the Terms of Service. These forums are mostly peer-to-peer support so please don't give us a hard time, or else we'll have to terminate your access.
By all means try other brands, but I'm sure you'll find them much the same.