This review is a list of the best free programs to remotely access and manage your computer over the Internet (also known as remote desktop programs). These are primarily remote administration tools for Windows 10, 8, and Windows 7, although many of these programs also allow you to connect to a remote desktop on other operating systems, including top Android rats and iOS tablets and smartphones.

What do you need these programs for? In most cases, they are used for remote desktop access and computer maintenance actions by system administrators and for service purposes. However, from a normal user’s point of view, remote control of a computer via the Internet or a local network can also be useful: for example, instead of installing a Windows virtual machine on a Linux or Mac laptop, you can connect to an existing PC with this operating system (and this is just one possible scenario).

Update: The latest Windows 10 update includes a new integrated and very simple remote desktop application Quick Help which is suitable for the most novice users. Learn more about using the program: Remote Desktop Access in the Quick Assist app in Windows 10 (opens in a new tab).

Microsoft remote office

Microsoft Remote Desktop is good because it doesn’t require you to install any additional software to access a computer remotely, and the RDP protocol used for access is secure and works well.

But there are also disadvantages. First, while it is possible to connect to a remote desktop without installing any additional software from all versions of Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10 (as well as other operating systems including Android and iOS by downloading the free Microsoft Remote client). Desktop), only a computer or laptop running Windows Pro or higher can be used as a connected computer (server).

Another limitation: without further configuration and exploration, connecting to Microsoft Remote Desktop only works if the computers and mobile devices are on the same local network (e.g. connected to the same router in case of home use) or have static IPs on the Internet (and they are not behind routers).

However, if you have exactly Windows 10 (8) Professional installed on your computer, or Windows 7 Maximum (like many), and you only need access for home use, then Microsoft Remote Desktop might be right for you.

More information on usage and connection: Microsoft Remote Desktop


TeamViewer is probably the most famous remote desktop program for Windows and other operating systems. It is in Russian, is easy to use, very functional, works well on the Internet and is considered free for private use. Also, it can work without having to install it on your computer, which is useful if you only need a specific connection.

TeamViewer is available as a “large” program for Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10, Mac and Linux, which combines server and client functions and allows you to configure permanent remote access to your computer, as a TeamViewer QuickSupport module that does not require installation, which immediately after its launch provides an ID and a password that you must enter on the computer from which you are going to connect. In addition, there is a TeamViewer Host option, to allow connection to a specific computer at any time. TeamViewer has also recently appeared as an app for Chrome, and there are official apps for iOS and Android.

Among the functions available during a remote computer control session in TeamViewer

  • Start a VPN connection to a remote computer
  • remote printing
  • Create screenshots and record remote desktop
  • Share files or just transfer them
  • Voice and text chat, correspondence, switching sides
  • TeamViewer also supports Wake-on-LAN, restart and auto-reconnect in safe mode.

In short, TeamViewer is an option I could recommend to almost anyone who needs a free remote desktop and computer management program for home use – you’ll hardly have to understand it, as everything is intuitive and easy to use. For business purposes, you will have to buy a license (otherwise you will face the fact that sessions will automatically stop).

More information on how to use and where to download: Remote computer management in TeamViewer

Chrome Remote Desktop

Google has its own remote desktop implementation that works like an app for Google Chrome (with access to the entire desktop instead of just Chrome on the remote computer). All desktop operating systems on which the Google Chrome browser can be installed are supported. There are also official clients for Android and iOS in the app stores.

To use Chrome Remote Desktop, you will have to download a browser extension from the official store, set your login credentials (PIN code), and on another computer, connect using the same extension and the specified PIN code. To use Chrome Remote Desktop, you must sign in to your Google account (not necessarily the same account on different computers).

Among the advantages of the method are security and no need to install additional software if you are already using the Chrome browser. The disadvantages are limited functionality. Read more: Chrome Remote Desktop.

Remote desktop access in AnyDesk

AnyDesk is another free program for remote computer access and is created by former developers of TeamViewer. Among the advantages that the creators claim is a high speed of operation (desktop graphics transfer) compared to other similar utilities.

AnyDesk supports the Russian language and has all the necessary functions, including file transfer, connection encryption and the ability to work without having to install it on your computer. However, the features are a bit less than in other remote management solutions, but it’s for using a remote desktop connection “for work” that AnyDesk has it all. There are versions of AnyDesk for Windows and for all popular Linux distributions, for Mac OS, Android and iOS.

My personal feeling is that this program is even more comfortable and easier to use than the previously mentioned TeamViewer. Among the cool features is the ability to work with multiple remote desktops in separate tabs. Learn more about features and where to download: Free AnyDesk Remote Access and Computer Management Software

Remote Access RMS or Remote Utilities.

Remote Utilities, introduced in the Russian market as Remote Access RMS (in Russian), is one of the most powerful remote access programs for computers I have ever come across. At the same time, it is free to manage up to 10 computers even for business purposes.

The feature list includes everything you may or may not need, among other things:

  • Multiple connection modes including support for RDP connection over the Internet.
  • Remote software installation and deployment.
  • Video camera access, remote logging and command line, Wake-On-Lan support, chat functions (video, audio, text), remote screen recording.
  • Drag and drop support for file transfer.
  • Support for multiple monitors.

These are not all the features of RMS (Remote Utilities), if you need something really functional for remote computer management and for free, I recommend you to try this option. More information: Remote Administration in Remote Utilities (RMS)

UltraVNC, TightVNC and the like

VNC (Virtual Network Computing) is a type of remote connection to a computer’s desktop, similar to RDP, but cross-platform and open source. To establish a connection, as in other similar variants, a client (viewer) and a server (on the computer to which the connection is made) are used.

Popular remote computer access programs (for Windows) that use VNC include UltraVNC and TightVNC. Different implementations support different functions, but as a rule there is file transfer, clipboard synchronization, keyboard shortcut transfer, text chat.

Using UltraVNC and other solutions isn’t easy or intuitive for novice users (in fact, it’s not for them), but it’s one of the most popular solutions for accessing your own computers or those of an organization. This article doesn’t explain how to use and configure it, but if you’re interested and want to understand it, there’s a lot of material on how to use VNC on the web.


The AeroAdmin remote desktop software is one of the simplest free solutions of its kind I’ve found, in Russian and ideal for novice users who don’t require any substantial functionality beyond simply viewing and managing a computer over the Internet.

The program does not require installation on your computer and the executable itself is miniaturized. About usage, features and where to download: AeroAdmin Remote Desktop

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There are many other remote desktop access implementations for different operating systems, both paid and free. Among them are Ammy Admin, RemotePC, Comodo Unite and others.

I tried to select those that are free, functional, that support the Russian language and that do not swear (or do to a lesser extent) antivirus (most remote administration programs are RiskWare, that is, they pose a potential threat in unauthorized access, and , so be prepared that, for example, on VirusTotal they have detection).

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