pcAnywhere 10.5 is remote control software with powerful encryption and authentication capabilities, giving users peace of mind that remote sessions will be secure. Speed up performance with the new optimization wizard and use pcAnywhere with cable and DSL modems for faster remote control sessions. pcAnywhere is now compatible with all Microsoft 32-bit platforms, so users can connect to any pcAnywhere host computer, regardless of which version of Windows is running.
Symantec's pcAnywhere includes several other new features and administrator tools designed to increase security, optimize performance, and make the software easier to use and customize. A new Host Assessment tool lets users check the configuration of their host connection items to ensure better use of security features and help identify areas where they might be at risk. For added security, the host icon in the system tray now displays information about who is connected to the host.
A customizable container view now allows users to turn watermarks on or off, so help desk operators and others who manage a large number of connection items can have an unobstructed view of their connection lists. The new Rebootless Host feature in the pcAnywhere packager lets administrators create host-only packages that do not require end users to restart their computers once the installation is complete.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As with many of Symantec products over the years, the quality factor seems to be degrading with each new release. pcAnywhere is certainly no exception. What was once a stellar product backed by quality support is now riddled with installation issues, product quality issues, lack of performance and hardly any support at all. Installation on certain Windows 2000 and XP machines may render the operating system unbootable, in which case you must reinstall the operating system from scratch to get the system working again. Assuming you manage to successfully install the product, performance is naggingly slow on connections slower than a T1 line or internal 100Mbps Ethernet network. You'll likely go mad attempting to type text on a remote computer attached via DSL or cable modem. The only notable exception is that pcAnywhere performs file transfers (particularly updates to existing files) at rather outstanding speed by using Symantec's SpeedSync technology. On the down side, we...
I've used PC Anywhere in all its iterations. As a professional software analyst, I used to require that all my clients purchase a copy. But not anymore. My biggest beef is that even when both the host and remote connections are high speed Internet, this product responds too slowly. When using this product, I can click with my mouse, go to the bathroom, get a second cup of coffee and pet my dog before the command will take effect. I much prefer using WebX or VPN as a tool of choice for remote support. On the plus side, remote support after hours, while slow, is relatively painless.
Good product if it would work. Installed on a Dell Inspiron 4000 running XP Pro. On the first re-boot the device driver (ATi2dvai) caused an infinite loop. After an hour of re-boots I was finally able to get in to safe mode and see the 5 other error messages (video compatability problems, AW_HOST.sys had to be disabled, WINAW32.exe no functioning.....) Ended up having to restore back to two weeks ago. This is a good product if you don't mind a slow connection and are NOT running XP. If you are running XP or plan to in the future wait for a new version to come out before buying pcAnywhere
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