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TeamViewer

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TeamViewer is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to set and use a VPN connection; a Virtual Private Network that lets you take complete control of another PC from your own computer, whether they're separated by a soda can or a continent (and as long as both machines are running TeamViewer). It enables two-way connections in which users can flip control back and forth. TeamViewer also lets you hold virtual meetings with multiple participants (again, they all must have TeamViewer installed). With a name like TeamViewer, you'd expect it to be an enterprise-ready tool, and you'd be right: TeamViewer's robust simplicity is what happens when multiple users of vastly different skills need to use software. After a while, the bugs get squashed pretty firmly. But TeamViewer is free to non-commercial users. That means you can use it to access your work and home PCs remotely, of course. But you can also install it on your mom's PC (for example) and provide tech support from home.

We installed and opened TeamViewer on two Windows 7 PCs; one a 64-bit desktop, the other a 32-bit netbook. TeamViewer provides a user name and password for each machine. You simply need to enter each machine's numbers in the other to create a connection. The host PC's screen displays the remote PC's desktop in a window, and the host machine's mouse and keyboard control the remote PC's counterparts. We could open folders, files, and programs; run processes; and change settings: anything we could do with the remote machine's own controls, we could do from our main PC's controls, too, with TeamViewer. We tried the Meeting tool, too, but since we had TeamViewer installed on just two PCs, our pool of invitees was a bit small. TeamViewer offers some useful options; for instance, you can limit it to file transfers if you don't need total control.

TeamViewer is simply the easiest tool of its type we've used, and a far cry from the VPN apps of not so long ago. And it can cut down on the phone tag when friends and family need tech support!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best tools for Remote Control PC"

    May 31, 2013  |   By Richal-danny

    Version: TeamViewer 8.0.18051

    Pros

    Easily access to the PC desktop with all of its documents and installed applications and easily transfer the files between the Phone and PC.Also, it is free.

    Cons

    Require a VNC server.

    Summary

    TeamViewer is a very great free software for remote controlling PC.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Password system for login has problems"

    May 30, 2013  |   By reggjoo

    Version: TeamViewer 8.0.18051

    Pros

    When it connects to your account, it works good.

    Cons

    You'll get frustrated trying to login, even after you reset your login. Used this app for over a year, had major problems logging in. Took it off, when I contacted them, and they said I was doing something wrong. I was using the cellphone app to connect to my pc at home, while I was at work, pc software worked mostly correct, but their phone app needs work.

    Summary

    Could be good if company listens to the people that use it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Buyer beware"

    May 28, 2013  |   By jrouss28

    Version: TeamViewer 8.0.18051

    Pros

    Software is good

    Cons

    The business practices are very poor!!! They will screw you without a second thought

    Summary

    I bought a corporate license for 2680.00 and decided to update this year to the latest version for close to 1000 dollars. My company paid the update fee late. They disabled all my accounts. I got it so, I decided to go back to my older version until they got a check for the new version. Apparently when you upgrade they completely disable your old license so, the prior version is also disabled. When I called for help they refused to help and told me it was my problem and that the only way to rectify this issue and once again get access is to pay for the upgrade. This is completely unacceptable to disable all my access when I already payed a large sum for the software. They saw no problem denying me all access. All I have to say is wow, buyer beware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Remote Program"

    May 25, 2013  |   By Ambrogi

    Version: TeamViewer 8.0.18051

    Pros

    Free
    Reliable
    Works as advertised
    Safe
    Helpful
    Used Remotely

    Cons

    Currently, none.

    Summary

    This is a great tool for the computer illiterate who knows someone with knowledge of computers. It's the same techniques used by Customer Support from computer companies but without the sales pitch or hassles. My Dell support in India took control of my computer, used a bogus scan, and told me that my computer was infected. They wanted $196 to fix it. I said no and asked my friend to help through TeamViewer. There was NO virus and all that was needed was a small adjustment. BOTTOM LINE: Trust your friends and not Customer Support in India.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Communications program ever for helping others"

    May 3, 2013  |  

    Version: TeamViewer 8.0.18051

    Pros

    Easy to use. Everything good (Great). Can access my computer from
    other sites.

    Cons

    None that I can find.

    Summary

    If you like neat programs, this is one of them.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Program"

    May 2, 2013  |   By puppypaws1

    Version: TeamViewer 8.0.18051

    Pros

    Very easy to instruct someone with less computer knowledge on program download enabling a remote takeover.

    Cons

    Little slow in some communication instances, but don't feel this is attributed to program.

    Summary

    I would highly recommend this program, I especially like the ease of remote takeover to clean up a friend or family members cluttered computer.

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