Having Windows printer problems? This could be why

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Both business and consumer users of Malwarebytes' antivirus (opens in new tab) software have begun reporting that their printers (opens in new tab) are being taken offline in Windows 10 following a new update but there is a fix.

The issue began in mid-October after an update led to Windows network printers being blocked by the company's security software.

At this time, there are a few fixes for the issue including exiting Malwarebytes (opens in new tab) before printing, disabling the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) on a printer's port and disabling Malwarebytes Web Protection. However, these fixes can reduce the security of your computer and are not adequate long-term solutions to dealing with this issue.

Malwarebytes beta

For users of the consumer version of Malwarebytes, a fix is currently being tested in beta version 4.2.3.96 (opens in new tab) with component package 1.0.1112.

To install the software's beta version, you'll need to head to Settings > General and enable the “Beta updates' setting. Once enabled, you'll then need to check for new updates in order to install the latest version and its components package.

Unfortunately, business customers using Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection will have to wait a bit longer as the beta fix is not available, though the company has said it will release one soon.

For users who are not using SNMP to manage their printers, they can disable SNMP by going to Windows 10's settings and finding Printers and Scanners under Devices. From here, you'll need to select your printer and click on the Manage button where you'll find the Ports tab under Printer Properties. By clicking on the Configure Port button, you can disable SNMP which will allow your printer to get back online.

Via BleepingComputer (opens in new tab)

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.