Hence being default, just like I said. If the user doesn't want to, he or she can opt out, even if I can't see a reason - but they DO have the option to do so. Don't get me wrong, I don't actually think this is a good thing in some way. "Why" would be the beneficial value for all users of the product, which is indeed made to protect a system. My guess would be that the demand has simply been very high from "privacy-freaks" (okay, so that term was not serious - I just came up with something ). Average Joes will just click "Agree & Install" (the big button which is what you see when you open up the installer - click it and the setup is off), and I believe that those who want to opt out are probably not trusting Symantec much overall, hence they probably use another product most of the time. My guess.