G Data offers a wide array of features that you would expect from a comprehensive software suite. It has a simple, basic opening screen that doesn’t muddle things up by obscuring the security status by displaying the ‘Protected!’ Like many other programs, this program uses the green tick or caption to display the security status.
The program is also very adept at blocking new malware. The ‘virus monitoring’ service that funnels your traffic through the G Data cloud service not just updates the virus definition files it also detects malware based on its behaviour. 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.
In AV Comparatives offline detection test, G Data scored even higher than Bitdefender’s avast safe price what is it clone did. This is probably due the program’s DeepRay engine that detects camouflaged malicious code by analyzing the actions the malware tries to execute. It also seeks out patterns that could indicate malicious intent, like changing the settings of other applications or monitoring keystrokes.
However the program falls short in a few areas we consider to be important for an antivirus software suite. The program doesn’t offer a parental control, VPN or firewall. If you require these features G Data’s Internet Security package is more expensive. This is a significant disadvantage, especially when top-tier competitors such as Norton 360 and Bitdefender offer the same services for less or less.