Since you have AOL, please ask AOL support.
They do the oddest things to machines and don't share publicly what they do.
I have been playing java games online for some time. Suddenly, the games on some sites just don't work, and on AOL, I get an error message telling me I need to have java installed to play the game. I have it installed and have not had a problem in the past. Any ideas? I would appreciate the help.