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HP Universal Print Driver - Slow Opening Print Settings

PROBLEM
Recently I switched a number of networked HP printers (Laserjet P4515n) to the universal print driver because the model-specific print driver was crashing and rebooting the print server.  After switching, the print server no longer crashed; however, opening the printer properties / settings pages was terribly slow, taking 1~2 minutes to finally open.

CAUSE
The cause I determined was actually McAfee Virusscan.  Luckily, I found this entry in the on-access scan log:

Not scanned  (scan timed out)     C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\3\hpchl118.cab    none (Virus)

SOLUTION
Adding this CAB file to McAfee's scanning exceptions list solved the problem.

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  • Guest - Dad

    hpchl118.cab is the v5.4 driver, Same problem with v5.3 as well. we are going to test this out here.