1. G Data has a consistent history of detecting malware, and it includes mobile phone security and parental controls.
2. Low impact on overall PC performance.
3. Only $35 for one-year subscription.
4. Effective anti-malware suite.
1. This security company provides minimal online support, and the software does not include tools specifically for protecting your identity.
2. Main overview panel is easy to understand.
3. Frustrating installation process.
4. Settings panel is too advanced.
The G Data Internet Security suite has proven to be able to protect against zero-day threats as well as known malware. You can trust that your computer or notebook will be protected with G Data.
G Data Internet Security Review
G Data, founded in 1985, is a global internet security company whose software continues to pass independent malware detection tests. The G Data Internet Security suite includes two powerful scanning engines, a firewall, spam filters, web protection and parental controls. This is one of the few suites in this review that also provides some mobile phone protection and 24/7/365 U.S.-based telephone and email customer support.
The G Data internet security suite is streamlined. The modules it includes are virus protection, signature updates, web protection, email check, firewall, spam protection and parental controls. From the home screen, you can easily view the status of all areas as well as license information and real-time CPU load data. We found this software quick to install and simple to configure. However, the parental controls and file shredder are separate downloads.
With G Data, you can expect to receive above-average internet protection. In terms of the type of protection that G Data provides, it scans and filters emails, protects from all forms of malware, provides website recommendations and rootkit protection, ensures safe chat interactions and includes a configurable firewall. It can also filter spam, protect from phishing attempts, monitor network access and manage lists of allowed and blocked email addresses.
The G Data security suite has a clean, easy-to-manage interface that does not contain some of the additional features that our higher-ranked products do such as a game mode, application control, a password manager or a sandbox. This version does not have laptop-specific settings; however, the notebook version does.
This suite does include custom scans, hourly virus signature updates, a safe reboot option, device scanners and parental controls. It also provides a few bonus tools such as image backup, data recovery, mobile protection and file shredding.
Though G Data provides generous 24/7/365 telephone and email support. The support center consists of a phone number, an online form and a link to support tools. Support tools include security software downloads but not tutorials, FAQs or helpful user guides.
G Data is one of the lightest security suites we tested this year. It adds practically nothing to startup time (compared to a PC with no antivirus installed), though it adds about 5.5 seconds to shutdown time. G Data’s scan times aren’t quite as good—it takes one minute and 56 seconds to complete an on-demand (manual) scan, which is the second-worst time of the tested suites. It also takes six minutes and two seconds to complete an on-access scan, which puts it in third-to-last place.
G Data’s installation process is, simply put, annoying. It has ten screens to click through, several of which require user input, such as choosing services and registering for a G Data account. The program automatically changes your screensaver, although it does offer up a one-click option to change it back. This seems over-the-top, considering a screensaver is not in any way associated with antivirus protection. G Data does not have a toolbar.
The suite's interface isn’t very attractive, nor is it very usable. At the top of the main window sits a large banner that displays your security status. Underneath this are separate modules for different areas of protection, including virus protection, Web protection, spam protection, and the firewall. The modules’ titles are clickable, and when you click on them you’ll get a drop-down menu that relates to that module, with quick links to different types of scans and settings.
Here’s Where It Gets Difficult
The settings menu in G Data isn’t quite as intimidating as Avira’s settings menu, but it’s also not designed for beginners. The nested menus seem simple enough, but aside from the general settings menu (which lets you optimize settings for a standard computer, a slow computer, or a user-defined type of computer), everything is confusing. There are no simple explanations for different features and settings—instead, there is just a help button that takes you to a comprehensive online help manual.
G Data Internet Security is the company’s mid-level computer protection product that is between the virus scan product and the premier internet security suite. If you are sold on G Data, we’d suggest the more advanced product or the economy of the basic antivirus program. In general, we believe that most consumers will find more desirable internet security software products among those that we have ranked more highly.