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If I plug the USB cable into my printer, then I my usb network adapter stops working, as well as my usb hard drive. If I unplug the printer, then all the rest work. The printer used to work just fine without any problems. Is this a virus?

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MOst likely you have a bad driver or more likely a bad cable to the printer that is shoring the usb hub inside the pc.Try ot replace it if the problem still exists printer will need to be replaced.

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