Perhaps the following information may throw some light and help identify the problem:
b. Run Chartnexus (a stock technical charting program) which is a standalone program using Java (i.e. not from IE8) , and this work fine.
c. Tried running the same three tests as above using Firefox and Chrome, and the same three tests were successful!
These indicates that there is nothing wrong with my Java installation?
d. Went to Administrative Tools/System Configuration/Services and tried to enable only those services which Window Safe Mode runs but it still failed to load the Java scripts from the three websites above.
e. Went to the Internet Options/Programs/Managed Add-On and checked that the Java Plug-in 18.104.22.168 is enabled.
f. Went to the Internet Option/Security and Privacy and ensured that all settings are on default levels.
g. Went to Java Control Panel/Advanced/Default Java for Browsers and it shows that Microsoft internet Explorer is ticked (but the selection is grey over).
h. Finally, run Windows 7 on the Safe Mode, and surprisingly, all the above test runs successfully!
All the websites support personnel that I have approach for help with their Java applets advised me to simply use Firefox instead of IE, and even my three sons, each of whom have their own lap top and who are using Firefox, tell me the same thing.
I am more familiar with IE but this is getting to be very frustrating!
Any help would be appreciated.