and found this as well
"The error message says that the problem is with socket 3306's access permissions. Its probably blocked by your firewall
What shows in XAMPP Control Panel? Two green 'running' lights for Apache & MySQL, or nothing?
We also need a look in Windows Control Panel > Windows Firewall or whatever AV/Firewall tool you have - Make sure there are exceptions for these programs:
You should be able to find their paths, through edit or properties. If they aren't there you can add them manually. "
added the last two manually. but I think the issue persists.