Why does my mail server keep changing to 127.0.0.1 or localhost?

Published 12/05/2004 10:09   |    Updated 12/02/2008 16:49

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.

 

If you use McAfee Spamkiller it will need to be re-configured. Contact McAfee technical support for further assistance.

 

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