G Data offers a wide array of features that you would expect from a complete software suite. G Data’s straightforward, simple interface doesn’t limit the experience by hiding security status. caption or a green tick like many other programs do.

The program also does a superb job of detecting and preventing the spread of new malware. The ‘virus monitoring’ service that carries your data through 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 that we threw at it during our tests. There was only one false positive.

G Data performed even better in the AV Comparatives offline detection test than Bitdefender, its close relative. This is probably due to the program’s in-house DeepRay engine, which detects malware disguised by looking at all actions that malware is typically attempting to perform. It seeks out patterns that may indicate malicious intent. For example, changing the settings of other programs, or observing keystrokes.

The program is not up to par in certain areas we believe are crucial for an antivirus software suite. It doesn’t offer firewalls, VPN, or parental controls. If you’re looking to add these features you’ll need to purchase G Data’s more expensive Internet Security package. This could be a major problem, particularly when top-of-the line competitors like Norton 360 and Bitdefender offer similar packages for the same price or less.