For the past 10 years or so, LogMeIn has offered both a paid-for and free version of its software that lets you connect to another computer over the internet. It's a great way to provide remote support for friends and family.
However, the company has today started emailing customers saying that the free version will be withdrawn in the next few days. It's already impossible to sign up for LogMeInFree, and some users on the company's support forum have reported that they can't log into their free accounts any more.
If you use LogMeIn Free to access a remote computer and you don't want to pay the annual subscription, now is the time to start looking at alternatives. TeamViewer (http://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx) is free for private use. I'll put together a short review of the latest version today, and bring it to you tomorrow. Or if you'd prefer to try it yourself now, I can confirm that the download is malware-free according to VirusTotal.
[Update: 24th Jan 2014]
Having looked into this further, it does seem that TeamViewer is one of the most popular and well-respected remote control applications. You can install it permanently on a computer to allow remote access whenever required, or use it to allow a user to invite a support technician to connect to the PC just once. It's free for personal use, and the download at www.teamviewer.com is free of malware according to VirusTotal. My own tests have proved that the software works very well indeed.
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