I am SO glad to find this message thread. I have been trying to solve the same problem since the beginning of September. I am quite surprised that MalwareBytes web protection is the culprit!!!
I have two network printers, an HP LaserJet 4300 and LaserJet 9040, each having a stable IP address on the LAN. I did the clean reinstall of MalwareBytes as described in an earlier message. After rebooting, I noticed my printers were offline. I then disabled MalwareBytes web protection, rebooted, and now my printers are working properly.