I came across XAMPP this morning, after failing to install freestanding versions of PHP, MySQL and Apache. XAMPP seems excellent, and installs smoothly. But when I try to go to localhost, nothing at all happens – blank page.
Could this be a HOSTS file issue, but it seems that something is locking my HOSTS file and I don’t know how toi find out what program it is. When I run Hostsman, which I use as HOSTS editor, everything is greyed-out and I can’t change anything.
Also, a program called pv.exe tries to start up and something is blocking it – again, I don’t know what, and I don’t know how to find out.
I have read the manual, and I’m getting nowhere. Please can somebody talk me through this slowly, being kind to an aparently slow-witted newb?
More on my setup: I’m running XP, with various security programs running, so I know one of these is likely to be the culprit. I have the following running realtime protection: Outpost firewall, TrojanHunter, Online Armor, Ghost Security Suite.