The base install contains only a skeleton DAT file (nominal version 1111) which offers little protection, which is why the update is run at the end of the install.
It seems a tad unwise to try to prevent that.
Thanks for the quick response. I agree but these are offline installs that will update as soon as they go online but the update is delaying the install by around 17 minutes. I need to supress this.
Use the new repost of VSE 8.7 with P5. I believe the switches to suppress the update did not work on Patch 4.
Also MID (McAfee Installation Designer) can be used.