If you are like most people, you will have to reinstall a printer driver at some point. Either you bought a new computer and you want to hook it up to your old printer, or you received a “free” printer as hand me down or bought it used on Craigslist or eBay. If you are like most people you will have a very difficult time looking for the disc (driver) that came with the printer. This disc often contains the driver for printing, as well as scanning, and sometimes picture, software. In almost all cases, you need this program to make the printer work. You will try to download the required driver and program online.
If you do not download printer drivers often,you will do a quick search on Google or Yahoo, and most likely, there will seem to be many different sites that seem to provide the driver that you need. Undoubtedly, many of these sites are very good service. They will provide you with the driver that you need without any problems. However, the one time that you try to download a driver from an unscrupulous site that downloads a virus onto your computer it will not be worth it. You will wish that you downloaded it from a safe site.
How can you tell which sites are good and which are bad? If you choose the wrong site, it will take you many hours of work to reinstall the operating system. This is another challenge since you will probably have to look for the disc as well. Your browser will not leave a site unless you agree to make a purchase or have your computer scanned. You might have to do a reinstall or call your favorite computer technician, which can cost a lot of money.
Finding the sites for these printer drivers is not easy. Many of these sites are very good at having their sites appear above the manufacturers. To save yourself from disappointment, and potentially hours of unnecessary work, here are the links to the most popular direct manufacturers of the printers. You are much less likely to experience broken links and viruses when downloading directly from these sites. Almost all manufacturers will support their printer products for years, some even up to a decade. Most black and white laser printers for many, many years. I have had my Brother 7820n for 5 years now.
Brother www.brother.com http://www.brother-usa.com/downloads/default.aspx?ProductGroupID=1
Canon www.canon.com http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer
Dell www.dell.com http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/document?docid=33BBF7F8AFB97F21E040A68F5B282110
HP www.hp.com http://www.hp.com/#Support
Lexmark www.lexmark.com http://support.lexmark.com/index?page=home&locale=en&userlocale=EN_US &segment=DOWNLOAD
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