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  • I was "set free" a few weeks ago and now this "commercial use suspected" issue came back.. Very frustrating. There is something very wrong in the analytics and the way corrective measures are being managed. It is not nice to be a test dummy for TV.

  • Any other option aside of TV? I mean, they're doing nothing at all, ignoring our messages and our tickets about it. Any other program good enough to use my pc on my workplace? Thanks.

  • WallyJ
    WallyJ Posts: 2

    How does running TeamViewer in a VM change how it sees your license and its usage?

  • Glassdub
    Glassdub Posts: 79 ✭✭

    If there is they will be deleated in 5 minutes this thread is only monitored for third party apps not to give any answers.

  • Glassdub
    Glassdub Posts: 79 ✭✭

    "I think my ID got flagged as commercial after the IP changed because I started a VPN session and then remoted a PC on my local network.  I filled out the form over a month ago.... just Submitted another one.  Under the current regime your software is worse than useless. How much configuring - troubleshooting - moving of files can you do in 5 minutes?  I'll start complaining on social media if this isnt fixed soon.

    Simon "

    I don't think this is the case I have used this regularly at work for years, now one PC works there & one does not (both on the same work network & OS) + my notebook (not on that network, on VPN) works fine, it just seems random.

  • Same issue, I changed to [removed by moderator] or one of several other packages, solved all problems.

  • try [removed by moderator]  or other viable alternatives.

  • that's silly, just download one of many alternative products!
  • That will cost me $70 a year after the first year...  Unfortunately I have more than one PC to remote...

  • Hey,
    I have used Teamviewer to connect from my Tower Computer to my Laptop because my laptop isnt next to me and is working for keeping some services alive (free services) i used teamviewer to chance something without have to grab my laptop set it up and edit it, run it, bring it back to the old location ... thats a lot of work for sometimes really low editings.... 

    But when i updated to winows 10 and installed teamviewer again, i accendently clicked on Comercial use .... now i cant use Teamviewer again .... because the license run out of time ... 

    I cant contact the support because licence only ... so i try my luck here .... 
    is it even possible to chance this`?

    Thanks for Help :)

  • paowdan
    paowdan Posts: 1

    Per the instructions here, I submitted a ticket about 9 days ago:*please do not post TeamViewer IDs*

    That page says:

    Due to the large number of requests we receive, answering the requests can take some time, although we are now aiming to solve all requests within seven days. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

    Given that it's been over a week that I haven't been able to use TeamViewer for personal use, I went looking for more answers.

    Can't contact TeamViewer by phone (only for paid users), can't submit a "regular" ticket (only for paid users)... can only submit a ticket to here:

    which seems to go into a black hole (not even a confirmation e-mail that they received request).

    Looks like I'm uninstalling TM and switching to a different "third party software" (self-censored since the mods here aren't responding to anyone except to hide references to any specific "free remote access software")... sad day.


  • normhal
    normhal Posts: 2

    Hi, as a happy TeamViewer (for Personal Use) user, I too received a message "suspecting" me of using it for commercial purposes. I followed their instructions about a week ago and today received an email advising they've reset my license for "Free" personal use.

    Whilst I haven't tested to see if the "embargo" has been lifted, I must say I really respect TeamViewer's attitude. I'm certainly not suggesting that you don't adhere to their license terms, but I do know that a number of commercial institutions and/or individuals do indeed exploit their generous offer, and they spoil the service ofered to us personal users, and steal well earned revenue from software suppliers such as TeamViewer.

    I for one really love TeamViewer. I use it to access a number of my own personal computers around the house, as well as offering support to friends involved in my hobby of model railroading. In spite of the "warning" message, TeamViewer allows me to access Windows and Linux systems from either platform. If there is another "freeware" product which can match the features of TeamViewer, I'd like to hear about it. First test will be to see if I can also use my (Android) tablet to access any of my systems:-)

  • justyo
    justyo Posts: 2


    I agree with you that TV has every right to enforce their license when it's abused by commercial entities.  But there are many ways they can to this without alienating everyone.

    1) If someone complains that they are not using it commercially (via the link), then automatically allow them to continue while the request is being reviewed. 

    2) Work on their algorithm that determines commercial usage and fine tune it based on what they have found while doing #1

    3) Have TV create a log of contacts, ID contacted, time, mac address, etc. to track usage.  Then, if someone believes they were wrongly accused of being used for commercial uses, have them send in the log which should back up their statements.

    But to just **bleep** everyone off and not respond, that's a problem.  The sad part is that they could easily chime in on this thread and address the problem.  I am guessing that people are more upset because of the lack of communication/response than they are about the actual issue (other than the issue is not getting resolved.)

    Anyway, I have had to give up on TV and move on.  I am sad, but really have not choice.

  • I agree. I am basically the "Tech" for my friends and family. I don't charge for my help or make any type of compensation for my assistance. That being said, Teamviewer has been my go to for remote troubleshooting and management even on my local computers in my home. The fact that I was flagged as a commercial user was most likely an honest mistake. The fact that I submitted a ticket about it over 3 months ago and still have not heard anything, is just poor support. At this point, as much as I hate to do it, I will be looking for a replacement and can no longer recommend it to anyone, including friends in corporate IT positions. This is just bad business.

  • xbee2
    xbee2 Posts: 17

    There's plenty of remote & screen sharing programs out there. So I'm not worried about helping my friends & family.

    For accessing my personal devices while away from home. I have a high end router that supports open VPN. Guess I'll just use that.

    Anyone can buy a VPN Router as well to support & manage any personal networks. I was asked by a client who wanted to be able to manage his parents' home network remotely. I had no choice to discourage him from TeamViewer, and recommended a VPN Router instead. Why pay annually when you can just buy something at a one-time cost, then use the Windows RDP?

  • Ladies and gentlemen,

    I've been using Teamviewer for a long time now for personal and noncommercial purposes. I am currently retired as a former computer engineer. I frequently help out with friends and family, neighbors, and members of my guild on the Aions game. At the moment, it is not possible anymore to help all these people because Teamviewer disconnects me after 30 seconds with a message attached.Message Teamviewer.jpg

    I specify that I have not used Teamviewer for about 1 month and a half because of hospitalization. For more security I changed my password.

    My way of using Teamviewer remains unchanged to know that I only log in at the request of my family, friends, anyone from my Aions guild.

    In no case I take control of a PC without the permission of the owner of the remote PC.

    My help is to help them:
             - For problems with microphone settings or software or hardware problems.
             - Editing a PC configuration and I help them to install the OS and set it up

    It is a passion for me and I have no intention of trading it.

    How can we solve this problem knowing that I scrupulously respect the rules set by Teamviewer.

    I remain at your disposal for any further information.

    Hoping for an answer and a quick solution, please accept, Ladies and Gentlemen, the expression of my distinguished feelings.

    Best regards.

    Christian OBRINGER




  • Boxallw
    Boxallw Posts: 9

    I have have had my account reset to free twice now and EACH time I try to make a connection from my iPad it says that the app is being used in a commercial environment.

    This app seems to be used in commerical environments. Your session will end within 5 minutes.

    It just wont ever go back to free!!!

    I have uninstalled both my ipad and mac apps and resigned in and still it is unusable.

    What alternatives do people recommend?

  • I use Teamviewer to help my 91 year old dad, my mother-in law, and my father-in law.  I wrote support and they agreed it would be reset to free.  Tonight my dad needed some help and I got the message again and was logged off.  Why would this happen?  I really am using it for personal use.  It took 8 days last time to reset it, how long does it take on a second request? Will this continue to happen and should I search for a new program?  Thanks.

  • waces
    waces Posts: 29 ✭✭
    The main problem that there is no algorythm. Never was. They just randomli use the select user from users where license = free query on the backend.
    That’s why we never get answer from them (no, the low skilled admins with high level of god complex knowledge ends in moderation, they are not technical people, so not expect answer from them. That’s not their job, not their knowledge), that’s why no working support exists for free users (this forum is a self-helping discussion between the users, but noone from tv ever read it or answer any wuestions).
    The simple goal is to reduce the number of free users. It’s simple. If the user can be turned as a licensed user is a win. If not but leave tv is also a win as the same resources will be used by less users mean better performance for the few payed customers.
    So, the only option is to move to any other, free or payed alternative as tv won’t change it. It’s not in their interest. Now they have enough payed customers, they are working with big companies using their product as a built in solution so need no more free users.
    It can be achieved in two ways. Like **Third Party Product** did to send out a note saying thats the company decision take it or leave it or like tv did without notification, explanation, just hiding in the bush.
    But one thing is sure. There is no such thing as “secret algoryth”, but have a few coders who are not so good to fix a month long issue, have 0 qa, 0 customer support. That’s all, but please, noone start to believe in some mythical algorythm .
  • Jager67
    Jager67 Posts: 3

    I use teamviewer to remote to my home PC if I forget a file or need to view a photo or program on that PC. But now I get about 3 seconds to try an remote in because it want's me to buy a license but I'm using it for personal use like I checked in the box when installing teamviewer. I don't know what to do please can anyone help me?

  • normhal
    normhal Posts: 2

    Well, I must chip in again:-)

    Even though I got the message warning of commercial use, I could still continue to use TV, I've never been "blocked".

    Secondly, I yesterday received a message from TV stating my account had been reset to Free, and so it is. I no longer get the warning:-)

    In my humble opinion, I would be prepared to pay a nominal fee for a (permanent, non subscription) personal/non commercial license for say 10 partners, and have the ability to remove redundant partner names from the list. At the moment my account has become quite cluttered with my experiments across multiple platforms and I cann't find a way to remove them:-(

  • What would be a different tool to replace TV?

  • Glassdub
    Glassdub Posts: 79 ✭✭

    None that I can find that are worthwhile & free.

  • OzRob
    OzRob Posts: 5

    I am currenlty trying *third party software* (do a search without the space). It is similar to TV but it can be used for business use. However, with the free version you can only connect for up to 17 hours a month. This is OK for my purposes.

  • @OzRob wrote:

    I am currenlty trying *third party software* (do a search without the space). It is similar to TV but it can be used for business use. However, with the free version you can only connect for up to 17 hours a month. This is OK for my purposes.

    Thanks. I found it. Will test it later. Do you know any software that also allow to control mobile phones from a computer?

  • After a few years of non-commercial use, Teamviewer recently shut down my non-commercial access claiming it was commercial. So there is now no free version available as advertised. The advertising needs to change to be truthful. Do yourself and Teamviewer a favor - since they don't want free users, try an alternative that's really free as advertised, like *third party software*, which does everything you'll need for non-commercial access.

  • Hi all!

    I don't know why I receive this message. I help my friends, they're using different version of Windows (7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 / Home / Professional). I've never took any money for helping them. During last month, I've cleaned up my „TeamViewer contact list”, connected to bunch of new machines. I don't know why you accuse me of commercial usage? Because of what? That - for example - someone who works in non-profit organisation is using a machine with Windows 10 Pro? How can I prove to you, that I'm not using TeamViewer commercially, but for helping m friends?

  • jnsson
    jnsson Posts: 1

    Same here, just got it too

  • Same here.  Just got it also.


    AND:  THis happened to me about 1 month ago. I used online form  and about 2 weeks later all was fixed.. BUT NOW IT HAPPENED AGAIN.



  • CroCan
    CroCan Posts: 3

    The same here.

    I just complained again.