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What Is the Best Computer Speedup Software for Senior Citizens?

Updated on February 21, 2013
Best computer speedup software for seniors
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No matter whether you are 7 or 70, most likely you are a computer user. These days more and more seniors are becoming active computer users and start using the Internet on a daily basis. In short, older people use computers and the Internet just as well as the younger generation. But when it comes to choosing the right software that can speed up computer, senior citizens often don't know which program to choose. So, let's look at several different programs and find out which is the best computer speedup software for seniors.

1. Auslogics BoostSpeed

This is my Dad's favorite computer speedup program. He is 72 and is an active computer user despite his glaucoma. He's the sort of guy who pays attention to little things and likes having his computer well maintained. So he asked me which computer speedup software was best for him. I recommended several utilities, including BoostSpeed. Dad immediately fell in love with this software and here is why:

  • The one-click scan option is really easy to use
  • The most crucial PC maintenance can be performed in just two clicks
  • The software provides computer speedup advice that can be applied in one click
  • The interface is very intuitive and all the tools are easy to find
  • There are useful tools for more advanced tweaking
  • The software doesn't do anything without his knowledge

In addition to all that, Auslogics BoostSpeed has one of the best disk defragmenters available today.

2. TuneUp Utilities

TuneUp Utilities is another decent computer speedup program that is well-suited to senior citizens. Mainly that's because it has an intuitive interface if all you want to do is automatic tuneup. All you need to do is click one button. The button is pretty big, which is great for people with non-20/20 eyesight.

However, TuneUp Utilities has some disadvantages. The first is that its separate tools can be pretty hard to find. On top of that, they are not as easy to use as the ones in BoostSpeed. There is a lot more clicking around and the sequence of actions is far from being intuitive.

Another thing I don't like about TuneUp Utilities is that the program seems to think that it knows everything better than you do and you don't need to be notified when something is done. For example, I had TuneUp Utilities connect to the Internet without my knowledge and consume bandwidth. And because it used the svchost.exe process to do that, it was really hard figuring what was stealing all my expensive mobile broadband traffic. So you can imagine that this behavior is a no-no for a senior friendly program.

That's why I think Auslogics BoostSpeed is the best bet for senior citizens who want to keep their computers running fast with minimum hassle and minimal technical knowledge.

If you know other senior friendly PC optimization software, please let me know in the comments.


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    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Voted up and useful.

      I can confirm that both of your suggestions are excellent programs and easy to use.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Although I don't need this now it is interesting to learn about it. Having enough knowledge to know where to go or to send others for answers when needed is a good thing. Thanks!

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      Snurre 6 years ago

      Ghost32, thanks for reading and commenting!

      Well, sounds like you have slow Internet and your computer is OK. So you don't need any speedup software (unless for general maintenance like cleanup and defrag) - you just need a better Internet provider (if there are any alternatives). What I meant in the article is software for computers that are slow to boot, take ages to open programs and freeze often. I know that a lot of people either just sit there and wait (like you said) or get frustrated. When that's the case, speedup software can usually help.

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Guess I'd qualify as a Senior, being 68, but...speedup software? WHY?

      See, I'm on satellite Internet, so there are limits. Most likely (from the nature of your Hub), you'd consider the speed of my computer awesomely tortoise-like.

      But do I care? Not hardly! The slowest thing I know is loading a pixel-intensive photo onto one of these Hub pages. So? While that's loading, I just go reload my coffee cup, or edit the next picture, or check email, or "whatever".

      Guess a lot of folks must just sit and stare at the screen till it changes, huh.

      Voted Up and a Couple.

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      Snurre 6 years ago

      Susan, glad I was able to help. Let me know how she likes the software!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think my mother in law would really like one of these software programs. I'll send her a link so she can have a look.