G Data Antivirus Review

G Data offers a wide array of features that you would expect from a complete software suite. This includes a simple, easy-to-use opening screen that doesn’t make things complicated by ignoring security status using an “Protected!” Like many other programs this program displays green ticks or a caption to show the security status.

The program is also very effective in blocking new malware. The ‘virus monitor’ which transmits your web traffic to G Data’s cloud services not only updates the virus definition file, but also detects and blocks malware based on behavior. G Data blocked all of the new malware that was not known to us we tested in our tests. There was just one false positive.

In AV Comparatives offline detection test, G Data scored even better than Bitdefender’s close relative did. This is likely due to the program’s own DeepRay engine, which is able to detect malware that is camouflaged by analysing all the actions that malware usually tries to carry out. In addition, it seeks out patterns that could indicate malicious intent, for instance, changing settings of other software or observing keystrokes.

However it does fall short in some areas that we consider to be important for an antivirus software suite. The program does not offer firewalls, VPN, or parental controls. If you need these extras G Data’s Internet Security package is more expensive. This is a major disadvantage, especially since top-of-the-line competitors like Norton 360 and Bitdefender provide the same features at a cheaper cost.

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