I would like to install software (preferably freeware or cheap shareware) which will run silently in the background of my Vista desktop PC, which would allow me to connect from another computer on the network and monitor what the computer is up to (e.g. I'd like to view what is on the screen in real time and have the ability to close down applications or pop up messages on the Vista machine).
I have seen similar software in action maybe 10 years ago when I was still in school! I was working on the computer when the IT staff took over control remotely and started moving the mouse around and typing stuff. That's the kind of thing I am after.
I know there are various "viruses" or "trojans" that have done this in the past and probably still can do this, but I'm really looking for some legitimate software that does this.
I think it's always going to look suspicious when someone asks how to remotely control another PC! I just want to say that I own this machine, I have physical admin access to it at any time, I simply wish to monitor it whilst its in use (children). I'd so love to be able to move stuff around, just to remind them that I am watching. :o)