Just recently, probably after some Windows update (I'm not sure) I can no longer access my Apache server on port 80 by entering http://127.0.0.1
in IE (6.0 SP3) nor in FireFox (3.0.10) on my laptop.
IE displays a "page not found" error about server or DNS not being found, whereas Firefox says nothing. I can access the full internet (via my LAN and router) without the slightest problem. I have also checked that %SYSTEM32%/Drivers/etc/Hos
ts has a 127.0.0.1 localhost entry (which at first it didn't - just an empty file, so it MUST have been updated or overwritten).
When I telnet localhost 80 and type the GET request, Apache replies OK, and from outside everything works fine.
But locally I cannot access 127.0.0.1 port 80 via HTTP