My viewer is Win7 Pro 32-bit and my host is Win10 Home 64-bit.
Here is something I've discovered: after Windows has logged in if I toggle the toolbar's padlock setting (Lock input and screen) on and off, it then removes the wallpaper.
I've found there is one scenario where it removes the wallpaper after a Windows login: immediately after a start up. With every other scenario I've tested – e.g. resuming from lock/sleep/hibernation – it doesn't remove it.
Ok, we will test again this time using your configuration.
I've also found that screen blanking doesn't seem to be working either. As soon as the I move the mouse on the viewing machine the screen displays again on the host. Could this be part of the same problem?
Screen blanking requires the monitor driver to be installed. If you didn't install it during Host installation (the "Install monitor driver" checkbox is enabled by default), or just not sure , you can check this in the Host settings. Right-click the Host icon, select Settings for Host, then Options and Driver tab. Verify that the Monitor driver is installed (the Uninstall button should be active).
I'm curious though: if an application window is maximized, does the wallpaper's visibility still affect performance?
I'm not sure it will affect performance but I will ask our developers anyway.
I'm also seeing an error message that reads "Cannot send e-mail message.
This is expected in this case because Norton blocks the URL that points to the mailsend php script on our website. The Agent/Host cannot get a response from the site and notifies the user (you) that it cannot send an email.
Unfortunately, modern antivirus software is incapable of distinguishing between good and bad software. They prefer to be on the safe side and block just everything which even remotely resembles an "intrusion attempt". They couldn't care less about the fact that their "detections" wreak havoc on the work and infrastructure of their own customers.
I recommend that you use this form on the Symantec website to report the issue. We will send a false positive report through that form too. The more reports they receive the better chance that they fix this false positive issue sooner.
In what way are we customers paying if it is not in money?
Free license users are helpful in several ways:
- They help spread the word about Remote Utilities. - Many of our free license users end up purchasing a commercial license when they exceed the free license limits. - Reporting bugs in the software and giving us ideas on improving the program.
Who and how is supporting this company? Is it only large-scale users who pay for more features/computers?
The only source of our financing are our profits. This is boring and not something TechCrunch or Mashable will be willing to write about :)
Also, why is the self-hosted server software free?
Because the competition is fierce.
You'd think we'd have to pay for that, at least, because if we are not using your software for the internet-ID connection, you don't have our information on your servers (but we hope we can trust you anyway?)
Information that goes through our ID servers is encrypted. We cannot read it anyway. And yet, we also provide the self-hosted server for companies who need even more security and who cannot trust just any third-party developer or cloud hosting provider.
You can also refer to this FAQ page, and specifically the second question on that page. It lists all possible cases when Remote Utilities may contact our servers (e.g. update, Internet-ID connection etc.) and all of them can be either disabled, or replaced with self-hosted alternative such as the self-hosted server.
I have successfully created MSI files using the Configurator with the Host installed in the past. I tried today and it failed with a warning dialog that states "Remote Utilities Host was found on this computer. It must be uninstalled.
Please, check if there is a registry entry
. If so, feel free to delete this key restart the Viewer and try configuring again.
By the way, we recommend that you use the Online configurator option over the Legacy option. With the Online configurator option your Host installer will come signed with our digital signature. Besides, this ensures that the input Host file (the vanilla Host fed to the configurator) is the correct file.
We have checked this case with the screensaver starting on the log in screen, but didn't find any anomalies. Here is how we tested:
1. Host - Windows 10. Screensaver enabled with a 1 min interval, and starting on the log in screen.
2. Viewer - Windows XP. "Remove wallpaper" and "Lock workstation on disconnect" options are enabled in connection properties.
3. When connecting to remote Host in Full Control mode, wallpaper is removed. When closing the Full Control mode (without logging off the Host in the Viewer) , the screen is locked. Launching the Full Control mode again - the screensaver is shown. Need to click on the screensaver screen to invoke the log in/unlock screen, then entering into the system - the wallpaper is removed.
4. The same as above only this time not just closing the Full Control mode but also logging off the remote Host. When logging back on again, starting the Full Control mode, going through the screensaver screen and unlocking the machine - the wallpaper is removed.
Could you confirm that you do the same? By the way, what operating system is on the Host and Viewer side? Also, please make sure that you update RU Host and Viewer to the latest version (currently it's 22.214.171.124).