G Data offers a wide variety of features you would expect from a complete software suite. G Data’s straightforward, simple interface doesn’t limit the experience by hiding the security status. Like many other programs this one uses an orange tick or caption to indicate the security status.
The program also does an excellent job of spotting and blocking the emergence of new malware. The ‘virus monitoring’ service that funnels your traffic through G Data cloud service not just updates the virus definition files it also detects malware based on its behavior. G Data blocked all of the unknown malware we tested in our tests. There was only 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 reveals malware disguised by looking at all the actions that such malware is typically attempting to perform. In addition, it seeks out patterns that could be indicative of malicious intent, like changing settings of other programs or monitoring keystrokes.
However the program does fall short in certain areas that we consider crucial for an antivirus software suite. The program does not offer a firewall, VPN, or parental controls. If you’re looking to add these features you’ll have to buy G Data’s more expensive Internet Security package. This could be a major disadvantage, particularly since top-of-the-line competitors such as Norton 360 and Bitdefender offer the same features for a price or less.