MCEBuddy 2.4.8 service unavailable error

I have double checked and the MCE Buddy service is definitely running. Yet I get an error when I run the app. Any suggestions?

Reinstalled 2.4.7 and now working as expected. With 2.4.8, all the buttons are greyed out and can’t get to Settings.

Disable your firewall and antivirus. It could be blocking the communication ports