You have a good point and I agree it can be disconcerting, but you could, if you prefer, have McAfee notify you first before updating, or even leave it entirely up to you to update. You would have to check daily in that case.
Double-click the taskbar icon to open SecurityCenter
Click Home at top right
Click dismiss to any reminders that may be showing
Click Updates at upper left
Thank you. I will select the option to automatically down load updates, but then notify my so that I can select when to apply to update. I will know that the update is in progress when Virus Scan goes off-line.
Still, my intent was to present the comment that it would make sence for McAfee to identify that it took virus Scan off-line when automatic update is being applied. This could be in the Tool Tray alert, or at least on the home page when you go there to check for more information on status.
In your case whether it might be a good idea to open a case with Technical Support Chat regarding this as mine doesn't turn off like that when updating.