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Question about Legal remote control programs


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#1 resertedlab

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Posted 29 October 2016 - 09:12 AM

My question here is about LEGAL remote control programs like TeamViewer. Can such program remain hidden and active for many months without any notice? I know that once you restart/shut down your desktop/laptop the remote connection with TeamViewer is terminated and you have to set it all over again, is it the same with other remote control programs that you are aware of. 
Basically, if someone is completely tech uneducated, can someone remotely access his machine for many months without the user notice anything at all, even if he regulary shuts down/restarts his machine. Again i am talking only about legal programs, not malware :)

Thanks, i hope you understand what exactly i am asking :)))



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Posted 29 October 2016 - 09:39 AM

It's legal... totally!

 

And in countries like Thailand, even a RAT (Remote Access Trojan) is legal too!



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Posted 29 October 2016 - 09:44 AM

Haha, another cat around, nice to meet you! :) I knew the answer would sound stupid :) By legal i mean those that you can download free from licensed web pages, similar to TeamViewer, and once they are installed and set, if they can silently work without any notice even after you reinstall :) Will they appear on the taskbar and so on :)



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Posted 29 October 2016 - 10:13 AM

Yes, "legal" programs can do all that, just like "illegal" programs. For Windows, technically there is no difference between a "legal" and "illegal" program.

 

A lot of spying programs are legal in many countries: it's legal to make them and to sell them.

What is illegal in many programs is using these programs on systems without authorization of the owners/users of said systems.


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Posted 29 October 2016 - 10:29 AM

Ok. but what i mean is the popular ones, that are used around the civilized world (like team viewer), and are considered legit along Europe, States and Australia(that normal folks have access to) Are they not programmed to alarm the user (pop up or something), when he restarts his machine for example. If the program works hidden in the background, will it not become target to the antivurs/antimalware programs?


Edited by resertedlab, 29 October 2016 - 10:29 AM.





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