Solved Network Printer prints automatically

August 21, 2012 at 20:57:12
Specs: Windows XP 32, 3.2/3GB
My Epson Multifunction Wifi Network Printer (Epson Photo Stylus TX800TW) has been working fine for pretty long time. It has been always set not to print automatically on incoming fax.

Not until recently it is printing automatically, one page after another (even all networked PCs were shutdown except the WiFi router, fax line unplugged), with this content:

1. GET http://xx.qq.com/ HTTP/1.1
2. User-Agent:Mozilla/4.0(compatible;MSIE 7.0;Windows NT 6.1;Trident/5.0;
3. Proxy-Connection:Keep-Alive
4. Accept:*/*
5. Host:xx.qq.com

One page with these 6 lines and then another page with the same 6 lines. When power-off the printer, it says "Printing Fax on progress, power-off will cancel the printing .......". Scanned the systems, the PCs were not infected.

Any one has idea of what is this xx.qq.com doing on my home network? Please help.


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August 22, 2012 at 17:30:11
That can happen if someone connects to your printer via a web browser on whatever port it listens for print jobs on, typically port 9100.

You aren't allowing access to this printer from outside your network are you?

When you find this system, restart the print spooler with:

net stop spooler && net start spooler

Tony



#1
August 22, 2012 at 00:18:45
All I can find is that http://xx.qq.com is located in China or Korea. Google Search gives no other useful information on your problem.

Try uninstalling your printer, switch printer off (physically disconnect from mains), then re-install it.


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#2
August 22, 2012 at 05:19:29
Thanks for your advice. I have downloaded a new driver and will do as you say.

Luckily, I have found a firewall filter with my Asus Router RT-N56U. I have never accessed the http:\\xx.qq.com before. I am testing the filter on that xx.qq.com with the Epson MFP on. If it isn't going to print the "fax" any more then this xx.qq.com must be something to keep an eye on.

I'll leave the MPF on for an hour or two.


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#3
August 22, 2012 at 09:17:42
For me, it looks like there is an old printjob in the printqueue of some of your PCs or maybe a print server, if you have one.

User-Agent:Mozilla/4.0(compatible;MSIE 7.0;Windows NT 6.1;Trident/5.0;

The line tells me, that it must be a Windows PC running Mozilla web browser.
You have to check the print queue of that printer on all the PCs in your environment, and delete old but still running print jobs.

In most cases, it sounds easier as it is.
Often you can try deleting the print job, but it doesn't work.
Therefore, you first have to open the printers printqueue, mark the printjob, stop the printqueue service in the Microsoft services, delete the printjob and restart the printqueue service.


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August 22, 2012 at 17:30:11
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That can happen if someone connects to your printer via a web browser on whatever port it listens for print jobs on, typically port 9100.

You aren't allowing access to this printer from outside your network are you?

When you find this system, restart the print spooler with:

net stop spooler && net start spooler

Tony


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#5
August 23, 2012 at 05:11:45
Thanks, Everyone!

I've done 2 things to have stopped the "fax" printing:
(1) Removed The TCP 9100 from the permitted NAT Settings; and
(2) Added the "xx.qq.com" into the firewall filter list.

I was able to print as quick as when the printer port was in the NAT forwarding. I think Tony is right and I wasn't printing outside my network. The DDNS has always been disabled. I was wondering either one of the two alone would have the same result.

Just to give it a test, I am going to lift the "xx.qq.com" from router's firewall filter list. Actually, I am not sure what I am hunting at... Just to find out...Perhaps, someone may be able to draw a conclusion.

PS: I have been using IE as my major browser. Have intalled Firefox but only use it occasionally.


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#6
August 23, 2012 at 05:35:28
So, taking away TCP 9100 from the NAT Settings alone worked. No more auto-printing in the pass 12 hours. Am trying the other way round - reactivate the NAT for TCP 9100 while add the "xx.qq.com" back into the router's firewall filter.

My God, my MFP waked up. Took a while then auto-printing again. This time not that quick as to print one followed by another within 3 minutes!


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