Skype! Stop using my port 80!

So this weekend, I decided to spend some time on my Windows machine and do some work. Per the usual, I booted up as normal and tried to start up my web server…until I saw this:


So I got to my usual checking around and saw nothing out of the ordinary. I then proceeded to check what was eating up port 80 on my machine!

netstat -ano |find /i "listening"|find /i ":80"

Something was already running? On port 80? What could this be? So I looked it up via the tasklist command:

tasklist /FI “PID eq 4000″

and saw the culprit….Skype? This can’t be right… After doing some quick browsing…this is intended. The reason Skype has this enabled is so they can bypass some firewalls and such. Blah! So in short there is a solution, oddly enough it is so common that it is even documented by Skype! Well, to fix this issue, just go to Skype>>Tools>>Options. Next, go to Advanced>>Connection and uncheck that box; “Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives…”! After this you will be good to go! Hope this helps someone else in the world 🙂


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