Booted up in safe mode and was able to open the IE window fine, albeit without the connection. Couldn't find an option to re-install but I did download IE 9 and installed over the the copy but still had the same problem. Will scan for problems.
Did what you said but it's coming up as no installed updates so at a loss with that one.
Already scanned with Malware bytes and comodo saying the nothing found a few days back but will do it again now and see what happens.
will repost the results of the scans.