As far as features go, G Data delivers safe cloud storage on a lot of what you’d expect from a full suite. G Data’s simple, easy interface doesn’t limit user experience by hiding security status. Like many other programs, this program uses a green tick or a caption to indicate the security status.
The program is also very good at blocking and detecting new malware. The ‘virus monitoring’ service that carries your data through the G Data cloud service not only updates the virus definition files, but also detects malware based on the way it behaves. G Data blocked all of the unknown, new malware that we threw at it during our tests. There was just one false positive.
G Data performed even better in the AV Comparatives offline detection test than Bitdefender, a close relative. This is probably due to the in-house DeepRay engine, which can detect malware that is camouflaged by analysing all actions that malware is usually trying to execute. In addition, it searches for patterns that indicate malicious intent, such as altering the settings of other programs or monitoring keystrokes.
However, the program does fall short in some areas that we consider essential 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 could be a serious disadvantage, particularly since top-of-the-line competitors like Norton 360 and Bitdefender offer the same features for a price or less.