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How to Use VNC Viewer in Stealth Mode

Updated April 17, 2017

VNC is a great tool for remotely connecting to your computer while you're away, or to provide technical support to a friend or colleague by taking control of his system. There are some cases, however, where VNC is used to monitor others' computer usage in places like computer labs. In these situations, it is important that the user is unaware of this monitoring.

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On the Server PC, open the "Start" menu and start up the VNC Server application. This should put a small "V" icon into your System Tray.

Right-click the "V" icon in your System Tray and select "Configuration."

Under the "Server" tab, uncheck the boxes labelled "Hide desktop wallpaper" and "Show icon in notification area."

Click "OK" to save your changed settings and close the dialogue box.

Right-click the "V" icon again, then select "Shutdown VNC Server."

Open the "Start Menu" again and restart the VNC Server application. If you did everything correctly, the "V" icon will not show up and, when you connect remotely using the VNC Viewer application, the Server PC's wallpaper will not vanish. You can now monitor the Server PC without anyone knowing that the VNC Server is running.

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Things You'll Need

  • Windows PC with VNC Server
  • Windows PC with VNC Viewer

About the Author

Shawn Farner is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2008. His writing has appeared on CrunchGear.com, SlashGear.com and gizHQ.com. He currently resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

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