Being able to remotely access your PC over the internet or LAN is really useful. If you're away from your computer and you need to check a file, it's the perfect solution. Or maybe you need access to a program that's installed on your PC but isn't available on the computer you're currently using while away from home or from the office.
If you're lucky enough to use one of the "Professional" or "Enterprise" versions of Windows, then remote access facilities (known as Remote Desktop) are already built in. But if you're on a home edition of Windows, you have to resort to using third-party software.
If you need to access your PC remotely, I've recently discovered a really neat solution called Ulterius. Once installed on your PC, it adds a web server to that machine, through which you can access it remotely. So all you need to do is fire up any web browser and connect to it. From right within your browser, you can view the current stats for the remote PC (amount of free memory and disk space, for example), as well as open a command prompt. And you can also do a full screen share too, and drive that computer as though you were sat in front of it.
And all you need at the remote end is a web browser. Although you will also need to configure your router's firewall to allow connections from outside your home or office, too.
You can get Ulterius from SourceForge and it's a 20 MB download. It's free, and malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. Because it allows a remote connection to the machine without forcing the current user to log off, it's also a great tool for technical support people as you can keep a distant eye on someone's computer any time. Assuming you have their permission and password, of course.
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