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Yellow Shield in bottom right "Updates are ready for your computer" - legit and real?

Last Modified: 2012-05-07
Is a yellow shield in the bottom right display area (system tray?) a genuine Microsoft alert?
I don't know whether to let this thing install updates or not.
If it is real, I could go to the Microsoft website and look for updates, right?
Should I do that?

This shield appeared last night when I was turning of the computer. I did not let it do the updates. This morning after power up there is no shield.
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