G Data offers a wide variety of features you would expect from a comprehensive software suite. G Data’s straightforward, simple interface doesn’t degrade the experience by hiding security status. As many other programs, this program displays an orange tick or caption to indicate the security status.
The program is also very effective in detecting and blocking new malware. The ‘virus monitor’ which redirects your internet traffic through G Data’s cloud services not only updates the virus definition file it also detects and blocks malware based on the behavior. G Data blocked all of the new malware that was not known to us we tried to throw at it in our tests. There was just one false positive.
G Data performed even better in AV Comparatives offline detection test than Bitdefender, its close relative. This is likely due to G Data’s own DeepRay engine, which can detect malware disguised as camouflaged by analyzing the actions the malware tries to perform. Apart from that, it looks for patterns that would signal malicious intent, such as altering the settings of other applications or monitoring keystrokes.
The program is not up to par in a number of areas we believe are important to an anti-virus suite. It does not include parental control, VPN or firewall. If you’re looking to add these features, you’ll need to purchase G Data’s more expensive Internet Security package. This can be a major issue, especially when top-of-the-line rivals like Norton 360 and Bitdefender provide the same features at a cheaper cost.