As far as features go, G Data delivers on lots of what you’d expect from a complete suite. This includes a straightforward, basic opening screen that doesn’t muddle things up by ignoring the security status with the ‘Protected!’ Like many other programs this program displays a green tick or a caption to display the security status.
The program is also very effective in blocking and detecting new malware. The «virus monitoring» service that funnels your traffic through the G Data cloud service not just updates the virus definition files but also detects malware based on the way it behaves. In our tests, G Data detected and blocked all the new malware we tossed at it with just one false positive.
In AV Comparatives offline detection test, G Data scored even better than Bitdefender’s close relative did. This is probably due to the in-house DeepRay engine, which can detect malware disguised by looking at all actions that malware typically attempts to perform. It examines patterns that could indicate malicious intent. For instance, it can detect changes to the settings of other programs or observing keystrokes.
The program falls short in a few areas that we believe are click this important to an anti-virus suite. The program doesn’t offer a parental control, VPN or firewall. If you’re looking for these features G Data’s Internet Security package is more expensive. This can be a major disadvantage, particularly when top-tier competitors like Norton 360 and Bitdefender provide them at a comparable or lower price.