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Need Stealth Remote Monitoring software

I need a a good recommendation on a piece of software that I can get realtime images of a remote computer's screen without the user noticing, and I need to be able to take over the remote computer and control it in a manner similar to remote desktop. I have found several programs that can monitor and control remotly. But the ones that also allow remote control are never stealthy, they always put an icon in the tray or something else obvious that the computer is being monitored. I can get a stealthy application that doesn't do remote control, but I want both.
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briansikesAuthor Commented:
I am a technology coordinator for a public school system, and we have been having security issues with student computers. The students have began to hack our systems including our router, switches, servers, and most recently using proxy servers to bypass our web filter. So far it has been an uphill battle of finding out what they are doing through rumors brought to us by the teachers and staff, or after the fact and damage has been done, and then plugging whatever new security hole they have found. But we have been unable to actually catch anyone in the act and therefore unable take any disciplinary action. I have been able to find several programs that do a very good job at just monitoring, but I would also like to be able to leverage the same tool for remote administration for technical support calls.
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briansikesAuthor Commented:
As I explained in the previous comments, I'm trying to catch students in the act of As I explained in the previous comments, I'm trying to catch students in the act of circumventing our security. I don't need it to be stealthy for troubleshooting; I would just like a piece of software that also would work as a remote troubleshooting tool. If I was just trying to hack some computer I wouldn’t need to ask what software to use. In my search for what I AM looking for I’ve already found plenty. If I can't find an alternative I'll just have to go with Activity Monitor by Deep Software, which provides only very limited remote control (send message, execution of files, opening of websites) I want remote mouse and keyboard controls, and windows built in remote desktop doesn't cut it because I don't want to kick the user to the login screen when I connect and I don't want to have to authenticate with the users username and password.

http://www.softactivity.com/?ref=amonitor
http://www.trapware.com/PressBigBrother.html
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mcv22Commented:
Hi briansikes,

I recommend RealVNC (www.realvnc.com). In case your worried about the icon, you can always hide it (in Windows XP). Right click taskbar > Properties > Customize. Select VNC Server and select 'Hide always'

Hope this helps
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craylordCommented:
I too would also suggest realvnc. VNC is a good solution. However, it creates an icon in the system tray. This icon will change color when as soon as you connect. Your user will most likely notice the change. By default VNC is set to remove the wallpaper (this setting can be changed), as soon as you connect it'll disappear until the user logins again. Another dead giveaway big brother is watching.

We use a program called Hyena to push out the vnc program. Install it as a service that can be set to start automatically or start vnc only when you initiate it. As well as service restarts, stops, starts, installs, uninstalls and settings/option changes. i.e. Install, push out options, start and view. From the options you can select the wallpaper option. As for the system tray icon. Assuming that your users are on windows PCs, change the following registry value:

In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ORL\WinVNC3,
"DisableTrayIcon"=dword:00000001

This "registry hack" only works on some flavors of VNC servers (tightvnc), but not all (realvnc?).

http://www.realvnc.com/products/free/3.3.7/download.html
http://www.tightvnc.com/download.html
You can edit the registry to hide the icon in the taskbar.

However, I would use it in conjuction with Hyena www.systemtools.com
You can download a 30 day trial, full funtion i think.
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gabit25Commented:
So I recomend you Omniquad instant Remote control. It does not need of a client installed on the guest computer (unless the os is win9x) that is a very good thing, is has only a cuple of megabytes and I used it in the past for help desk. You can try it for free 30 days if I remember well. So nothing installed on the guest computer and no icon on taskbar.

http://www.omniquad.com/omniquad_instant_remote_control.htm

So this one I think will fully comply with your requests, just try it and you will see. ;)

PLease let me know

Gabriel

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msaracenoCommented:
I have to agree with using tightvnc especially at the cost its free. A savvy tech person might check and see whats running and recognize VNC running though.
If you want something that you have to pay for there's remote anything http://www.twd-industries.com/ there is a free trial you can use it is very small and lightweight once you setup a slave you can push it out to as many pc's as you want and it can run hidden.
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gabit25Commented:
I think that all the sollutions here will work, of course that depends on the preferences and the IT knowledges of the autor, I hope he will return and say us what's the best and the simplest sollution in his case...

Bye
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mcv22Commented:
I agree
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msaracenoCommented:
Agree as well
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