July 15, 2008 09:30 ET

TuneUp Outlines Simple Computer Tips and Tricks for "Silver Surfer" Generation

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - With computer and Internet use no longer the sole domains of younger generations, PC maintenance tools must address the needs of novice, older consumers. TuneUp, a German software manufacturer, today made public the below simple computer tips and tricks to help senior computer users overcome their system issues.

"The number of 'Silver Surfers' is steadily increasing, with senior citizens shopping, reading the news, paying bills and keeping in touch with loved ones online more than ever before," said Tibor Schiemann, managing director of TuneUp. "While the Internet is creating a new quality of life for senior users, it can also easily cripple a computer's performance. How can seniors take action against slow computer activity or programs not working correctly? It is not always necessary to get expensive advice from hotlines or PC emergency services, or to ask relatives and acquaintances for assistance. Tuning tools can improve the health of computers, repair all types of errors and provide ongoing maintenance to avoid long-term problems."

Simple Computer Tips & Tricks for "Silver Surfers"

1. Defragment the hard drive(s) regularly.  Disk fragmentation is one
   of the primary causes of performance degradation for a computer.
   Fragmentation occurs when the operating system cannot find a single
   area on the hard disk large enough to store a file in one piece, so
   it is broken into smaller pieces and stored in the nearest suitable
   places.  Run a disk defragmenter provided by your Windows operating
   system or from a utilities software suite at least every 2-3 months
   to reduce this issue.

2. Remove unused files and programs.  Cleaning out unused programs on
   a regular basis will keep a computer running more smoothly and make
   it easier to find files you're looking for.  Do not remove programs
   by locating them on the hard drive and deleting them, as this will
   not fully remove the program and can result in registry errors. Use
   a disk cleaner program, which is included in Windows or third-party
   software, to remove unnecessary files and prevent fragmentation of
   the computer's hard drive.

3. Use a Windows-certified utility to keep your registry in shape.
   Registry discrepancies can impair the speed of the computer and
   cause programs to stop functioning correctly.  For reliable registry
   tweaking and cleaning, utilize an expert-developed registry cleaner
   application every 1-2 weeks.  Windows-certified programs have passed
   rigorous testing requirements for reliability, security, compatibility
   with current and future Windows operating systems, and installation
   and removal.

When running into PC problems, optimization programs, such as TuneUp Utilities 2008, can easily remedy the situation. The software will help recover files that were accidentally deleted, correct errors on the hard disk and resolve display problems. The best tuning tools will also include 1-click maintenance features, user-friendly and intuitive interfaces, and step-by-step guides allowing seniors to customize their Windows operating systems.

A free 30-day trial version of the award-winning TuneUp Utilities 2008 is available for download at The full version, with updates of the help databases and functionality, as well as no time restrictions, costs $49.95, and upgrades from previous versions can be downloaded for $29.95.

About TuneUp

The German Windows-tuning specialists from TuneUp provide software that allows Windows users to fine-tune their PCs for optimum performance. In 1997, Tibor Schiemann and Christoph Laumann started programming and marketing TuneUp 97, which was then one of the first Windows tuning suites available. Extremely powerful and user-friendly, the software is now one of the most successful utility suites in the German-speaking markets.

PCs that are maintained using TuneUp Utilities are less cluttered and are proven to work faster and be more stable. Since 2003, TuneUp has been expanding internationally: TuneUp Utilities is now available in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian. End users can buy TuneUp Utilities on the company's homepage ( TuneUp has its headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany.

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