I recently got XAMPP and have been very happy with the result. I do however have one fairly strange issue.
After my initial XAMPP instalation, I switched my computer on the next morning and was unable to start Apache using the start_apache.bat file. The reason was that port 80 was busy. I did my research and eventually discovered that it was in fact APACHE running, using port 80. I had not started it, I had not used it, yet it is running. I tested a php script in my browser, and indeed, it was on. I can not switch it off now, stop_apache.bat has no effect.
So in short, Apache is ALWAYS running on my machine.
I don't mind this, its quite handy to just be able to test my php scripts at any time, but I am afraid that this could pose a security risk.
So my question: does running apache constantly with XAMPP pose a security risk to me? And how do I stop Apache if it is?
Thanks in advance