Here is another project from Seradis Vassilis, Infrared Remote Control Receiver. The idea behind the project is how to control Media Center based on PC to switch it On or Of. This project use ATtiny 13 Microcontroller because of its small size and its RAM in case. He use C language to program it. This remote project use RC5 protocol as he said.
For remote control receiver that it could handle both On/Off and windows or program commands you cand use Girder 3.2.9 or PC remote control v4.213. This receiver use RS232 port to communicate with PC at 2400bps.
For more detail about source, schematic and more, you can download here