Based on what you’re seeing, I suspect that you’re already running Internet Explorer 10. Now, it’s going to be hard to say exactly what’s going to work to solve this problem, but I’ve got a couple of ideas.
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I honestly believe that the “more current” message that you’re seeing is a misnomer. It’s not quite accurate.
That message appears when the download site has nothing newer than what you have to offer. The wording implies that you have something newer than what they have, but I believe what they really mean is that they don’t have anything newer than what you have – which would be the case if you have the most current version.
So I think you’re running IE 10.
So, let’s start with malware. Run malwarebytes.org’s free tool. That may clear it up.
This feels like malware that was incompletely removed, has bugs, or is just causing this problem. Malwarebytes can sometimes clean up these kinds of issues that other anti-malware tools might not necessarily catch.
Now, if that doesn’t solve the problem, go to the Programs in Control Panel and find the Turn Windows features on or off section. And in there, uncheck Internet Explorer 10. Let it uninstall. That should remove most of1 Internet Explorer and its components.
There may be some warnings along the way and that’s okay, because we’re going to turn right around and then reinstall it. This time, when you go to the download site, it should allow you to download that most current version of Internet Explorer and install it from scratch.
If that doesn’t resolve the problem, then aside from just using a different browser, like Chrome or Firefox, the only thing that I can suggest is that you go down the path of just removing malware in general. I have an article on that, “How do I remove malware?” There are some things that you can try there including a repair reinstall of Windows. Theoretically, that would also clean up Internet Explorer.
But that’s the path I think we’re heading down. That’s what I think has to happen here if the previous ideas don’t work.