22 March 2010

Java Plug-in Not Working with Pogo.com

I would like to thank Karen at Karen & Gerard Zemek for this question and I will do my best to help you resolve it. I will go from the easiest fixes to the more complex.

Firstly, if you use Firefox to play on Pogo and you have the NoScript add-on, make sure that it is disabled on the entire site.

If you have the AdBlock Plus add-on for Firefox, make sure that is disabled.

Try playing the games using Internet Explorer, if the Java plug-in still does not work, send me just three easy payments of $19.95 and I'll be happy to help (sorry, couldn't resist).

Okay, here are some other tips I found:

Make sure your Java plug-in is enabled...

  1. Click Start

  2. Click Control Panel (make sure you are in Classic View)

  3. Click Java

  4. Click Advanced (if you do not see this tab, then you have an older version and need to upgrade. See below for link)

  5. Click the + sign on Default Browsers for Java

  6. Make sure the boxes for Internet Explorer and Mozilla Family (Firefox) are checked

  7. If not, click the appropriate box and hit Apply

To Test Java... verify java plugin

Still not working...
play these games and see if it works in any of them...

* Word Whomp
* Ali-Baba Slots
* Cribbage (play with robots so you can leave if need be)
* Ez-Win Bingo

I discovered that Pogo.com will display the "corrupt Java" warning message if one of the online games takes too long to load, even if there is nothing wrong with your installation. So, if any of these games works, then it may be an issue with the site's response time or your Internet connection has slowed due to increased traffic.

If the games don't work, here are a few more things you can try:

Clear your Firefox browser...

  1. Go to Tools

  2. Click: Clear Recent History

  3. Click all tabs (this is what I do)

  4. Click: Clear Now

Clear your Java cache...

  1. Click Start

  2. Click Control Panel (make sure you are in Classic View)

  3. Click Java

  4. Click General

  5. Find the Temporary Internet Files section

  6. Click Settings

  7. Check both boxes: Applications and Applets & Trace and Log Files

  8. Click Delete Files

  9. Restart your computer

You might also want to do a scan for any malware that may be lurking on your computer. Here is a link to a very powerful, yet FREE program... malwarebytes.org. When you click the download button, it will take you to CNET for the actual download.

Also, a pre-boot scan of your system may also be helpful. I use Avast!, again FREE. It is a very aggressive anti-virus program and I have to admit, it has saved my computer more times than I can count. It will notify you when a virus is trying to download and will prevent it from downloading.
I hope this helps, if you are still having difficulties, I have included some useful links for you. Good luck!

Helpful links:

The Pogo help page... Pogo.com Help

The Java help page... Java.com Help

To Download/Test Java... Download Java


  1. Yep, I've found myself that Pogo works best in IE. It works well because I just have both browsers open and game while I am surfing the blogosphere. :) (I'm a Lottso addict, lol)

  2. Thanks for this helpful post. I will certainly try this to get it to work with my Firefox browser again but at least it works with IE. My blood pressure was much lower before computers came into my life, hmm. Maybe I should rethink having a home computer at all!

    I will try printing this post for future reference. Thanks!

  3. Storm, The Psychotic Housewife: This is actually the first I've heard of this site, so I think I'll have to swing by and try that game.

    Karen & Gerard Zemek: You're welcome. I hope it helps. I'm glad that it at least works in IE.

  4. Gah! My sons like to play online games and it seems I am ALWAYS fixing this or that to make them work. I finally quit fixing them. Now, when they say they want to play a game, I open up Solitaire. :D

  5. Mrs Mecomber: I know, I read that they are always upgrading the plug-ins needed to play them. Solitaire sounds good to me, too :)


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