Networking Remote Monitoring VNC Connect (formerly RealVNC)

VNC Connect (formerly RealVNC) 6.3.1 for Multiple Platforms

by RealVNC Limited

Avg. Rating 4.3 (105 votes)

File Details

File Size 18.3 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Linux, Mac, Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 41,660
Publisher RealVNC Limited
Homepage VNC Connect (formerly RealVNC)

Publisher's Description

VNC Connect (formerly RealVNC) is remote control software which allows you to view and interact with one computer (the "server") using a simple program (the "viewer") on another computer anywhere on the Internet. The two computers don't even have to be the same type, so for example you can use it to view an office Linux machine on your Windows PC at home. It is freely and publicly available and is in widespread active use by millions throughout industry, academia and privately.

Free for non-commercial use only; however, it's limited to 5 computers and 3 users. Additional features and users are available as a subscription.

Latest Reviews

Sorb

Sorb reviewed v5.0.1 on Aug 17, 2012

This ain't "free" anymore and if you want to use it for non-commercial use you have to request a license key here:

http://www.realvnc.com/purchase/activate/

If I wanted to buy a software for remote desktop connection it would definitely not be RealVNC.

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v4.1.2 on Aug 24, 2007

Cyberia: what is unacceptable are reviews by people who have no clue about what they talk about. VNC is a remote administration software. Of course it is reported as such by your anti-spyware software! If you didn't install this application yourself, and your anti-spyware reported it, of course you'd want to remove it. But if you downloa it because you know what it does and it meets your requirements, why would you bash it because some software identifies it correctly as what is exactly is, and since you downloaded it, what you downloaded it for!
I give this one a 4 only because I prefer UltraVNC much better.

FmlyRnn

FmlyRnn reviewed v4.1.2 on Sep 29, 2006

Well, I finally got "HACKED"! I had been using this Application for [2] years to help people [Seniors] remotely. Constantly [Daily] changing the Password in the app., and I got "HACKED"!!! Getting ready to "Harden" the system. Meanwhile, user beware it could happen to you too.
I updated the Application and got the updated Security features. Now it runs better, and safer than ever. I love this Program!!!

grumpyoldman

grumpyoldman reviewed v4.1.1 on Nov 23, 2005

Hi, I use VNC all the time at work and home. It is an excellent package - really useful for administering PCs remotely, where often remote desktop will not work.

It's hassle-free for work environments as it is free for commercial use. In addition the connection can be made as secure as you like by tunneling the connection through a ssh session - covered simply here.

Overall an excellent product - and it's free too!!

Tokar

Tokar reviewed v4.1.1 on May 2, 2005

Its free and it keeps getting better.

Best remote administration software available. I use it all the time for fixing peoples computers...

cyberia

cyberia reviewed v4.1.1 on Apr 23, 2005

Good features. There are better.

This from MS AntiSpyware:
NS Keylogger Personsal Monitor Key Logger more information...
Details: NS Keylogger Personal Monitor records everything that is entered from the keyboard, to a log file.
Status: Quarantined
Moderate threat - Moderate threats may profile users online habits or broadcast data back to a server with 'opt-out' permission. In most cases this type of threat is more along the lines of commercial type adware that offer a premium service in exchange for tracking your user online performance.

Infected files detected
c:\program files\realvnc\vnc4\unins000.exe

This is unacceptable

adamlau

adamlau reviewed v4.1.1 on Mar 15, 2005

Bottom line: Enterprise Edition 4.1.3 works as advertised. Tunnel under SSH for best results. Good stuff produced by people in the know.

forgie

forgie reviewed v4.1.1 on Mar 14, 2005

built in ssl please

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v4.1.1 on Mar 14, 2005

Still insecure:

"[T]he session is unencrypted and so anything typed into the viewer passes 'in the clear' to the server. VNC Free Edition is therefore [not suitable] for general use over untrusted networks, such as the Internet."

What gives me a laugh, in light of this, is the thought of how many idiots rate it highly, and use VNC over the internet.

Oh, gee, how awful of me. After all, VNC is freeware. And isn't it against the unwritten law to criticize freeware, even if it's valid criticism?

I know, I know, you're going to tell me that VNC is indeed insecure crap, but that it's still useful on local networks, or VPN. But I find it so painfully slow and terribly performing that it's not useful even under those circumstances.

UniversityofKentucky

UniversityofKentucky reviewed v4.1.1 on Mar 14, 2005

Turtle,

I'm not seeing it. 4.1 is free, 4.1.4 has a free trial, but costs $$. I went to http://www.realvnc.com/cgi-bin/download.cgi.

Either way, VNC is excellent and appreciated freeware.

Avg. Rating 4.3 (105 votes)
Your Rating
Sorb

Sorb reviewed v5.0.1 on Aug 17, 2012

This ain't "free" anymore and if you want to use it for non-commercial use you have to request a license key here:

http://www.realvnc.com/purchase/activate/

If I wanted to buy a software for remote desktop connection it would definitely not be RealVNC.

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v4.1.2 on Aug 24, 2007

Cyberia: what is unacceptable are reviews by people who have no clue about what they talk about. VNC is a remote administration software. Of course it is reported as such by your anti-spyware software! If you didn't install this application yourself, and your anti-spyware reported it, of course you'd want to remove it. But if you downloa it because you know what it does and it meets your requirements, why would you bash it because some software identifies it correctly as what is exactly is, and since you downloaded it, what you downloaded it for!
I give this one a 4 only because I prefer UltraVNC much better.

FmlyRnn

FmlyRnn reviewed v4.1.2 on Sep 29, 2006

Well, I finally got "HACKED"! I had been using this Application for [2] years to help people [Seniors] remotely. Constantly [Daily] changing the Password in the app., and I got "HACKED"!!! Getting ready to "Harden" the system. Meanwhile, user beware it could happen to you too.
I updated the Application and got the updated Security features. Now it runs better, and safer than ever. I love this Program!!!

grumpyoldman

grumpyoldman reviewed v4.1.1 on Nov 23, 2005

Hi, I use VNC all the time at work and home. It is an excellent package - really useful for administering PCs remotely, where often remote desktop will not work.

It's hassle-free for work environments as it is free for commercial use. In addition the connection can be made as secure as you like by tunneling the connection through a ssh session - covered simply here.

Overall an excellent product - and it's free too!!

Tokar

Tokar reviewed v4.1.1 on May 2, 2005

Its free and it keeps getting better.

Best remote administration software available. I use it all the time for fixing peoples computers...

cyberia

cyberia reviewed v4.1.1 on Apr 23, 2005

Good features. There are better.

This from MS AntiSpyware:
NS Keylogger Personsal Monitor Key Logger more information...
Details: NS Keylogger Personal Monitor records everything that is entered from the keyboard, to a log file.
Status: Quarantined
Moderate threat - Moderate threats may profile users online habits or broadcast data back to a server with 'opt-out' permission. In most cases this type of threat is more along the lines of commercial type adware that offer a premium service in exchange for tracking your user online performance.

Infected files detected
c:\program files\realvnc\vnc4\unins000.exe

This is unacceptable

adamlau

adamlau reviewed v4.1.1 on Mar 15, 2005

Bottom line: Enterprise Edition 4.1.3 works as advertised. Tunnel under SSH for best results. Good stuff produced by people in the know.

forgie

forgie reviewed v4.1.1 on Mar 14, 2005

built in ssl please

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v4.1.1 on Mar 14, 2005

Still insecure:

"[T]he session is unencrypted and so anything typed into the viewer passes 'in the clear' to the server. VNC Free Edition is therefore [not suitable] for general use over untrusted networks, such as the Internet."

What gives me a laugh, in light of this, is the thought of how many idiots rate it highly, and use VNC over the internet.

Oh, gee, how awful of me. After all, VNC is freeware. And isn't it against the unwritten law to criticize freeware, even if it's valid criticism?

I know, I know, you're going to tell me that VNC is indeed insecure crap, but that it's still useful on local networks, or VPN. But I find it so painfully slow and terribly performing that it's not useful even under those circumstances.

UniversityofKentucky

UniversityofKentucky reviewed v4.1.1 on Mar 14, 2005

Turtle,

I'm not seeing it. 4.1 is free, 4.1.4 has a free trial, but costs $$. I went to http://www.realvnc.com/cgi-bin/download.cgi.

Either way, VNC is excellent and appreciated freeware.

ericus

ericus reviewed v4.0.0.12 Beta 4 on May 18, 2004

Great! You'll be able to fully remote 3ds max without any problems...thanks

AnthonyB

AnthonyB reviewed v4.0.0.12 Beta 4 on May 18, 2004

"totally unencrypted and insecure" ummm... actually, that's untrue. If you read the docs you'll see that the authentication process is encrypted, it's just the graphical data stream after which is unencrypted.
http://www.realvnc.com/faq.html#security
And if you want the entire data stream to be encrypted then you go with one of the other variants of VNC such as Ultr@VNC which has a free plugin that provides 40 and 128 bit RC4 encryption.
http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net

 

  reviewed v4.0.0.12 Beta 4 on May 18, 2004

Yep, just tell them to install this program, get the IP, set a password, and you are working on their computer in real time--and also totally unencrypted and insecure. Oh, of course you can use OpenSSH. That's a real hoot to get the user to set up.

Tokar

Tokar reviewed v3.3.7 on May 18, 2004

Great program. Ive been using it for years.

Its works best when you have to help someone with their computer when you cant be physically in front of it. Some times its just too hard to describe to someone what to do on a computer. Just tell them to install this program, get the IP, set a password, and you are working on their computer in real time.
Best program for remote assistance and maintenance. Version 4 is a pretty big upgrade over version 3.

mbear

mbear reviewed v3.3.6 on Jan 17, 2003

Except that RA is propriatary, commercial, and not cross-platform. VNC however has many "free" implementations, built-in Java viewers so you can remote in from anywhere with no more then a web browser and a password, and runs on everything from Palms to Big Iron (so yes, you can control your Winbox from your Palm if you want.) Finally rate programs by THEIR qualities, not "*" because you're a RA wh***. VNC for Windows IS an excellent application even though I prefer other VMCs.

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