LIRC is described as '- linux infrared remote control'. There are four alternatives to LIRC for Windows and Mac. The best alternative is EventGhost, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like LIRC are WinLIRC (Free, Open Source), Remote Buddy (Paid) and WIRR 0.01 (Free).
EventGhost is an advanced, easy to use and extensible automation tool for MS Windows. It can use different input devices like infrared or wireless remote controls to trigger macros, that on their part control a computer and its attached hardware.
WinLIRC allows you to transmit and receive standard infrared remote control signals. This allows you to control your computer using almost any standard infrared remote control. It also allows your computer to control other equipment which uses these signals (stereo equipment).