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Posted 26 February 2007 - 05:34 AM
Posted 26 February 2007 - 06:08 AM
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Why does my mail server keep changing to 127.0.0.1 or localhost?
Both 127.0.0.1 and localhost refer to your own computer rather than the mail server. This is a technique used by some anti-virus (AV) programs to intercept mail in order to scan it for viruses. Sometimes this doesn't work properly and Outlook Express is then unable to send or receive messages. The server name in Outlook Express is changed by the program, so no matter how many times you change it to the correct name, it will be changed back by the AV program. It is possible the AV vendor has an update that will correct this, but it is far simpler and more effective just to turn off the e-mail virus scan. As I have explained in a previous column, this scan is not necessary to protect your computer and often creates conflicts with Outlook Express. The AV system scan is all that is needed for full protection. After disabling the e-mail AV scan you can change the server to its correct name and it will remain.
Edited by fozzie, 26 February 2007 - 06:08 AM.
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