PROS / G Data's CloseGap dual-engine scanning gives you two layers of virus protection.
CONS / It has the lowest AV-Test performance score in our review, which means it can slow your computer down.
VERDICT / G Data is suitable antivirus software with a high level of security.
G Data AntiVirus supports a high level of security and is easy to use. Its antivirus and antispyware protection work together with web protection to keep your computer safe from both online and offline threats, including phishing scams, dialers, adware, malicious scripts, Trojans, rootkits and worms. The software also incorporates advanced protection against malware spread through email or instant messaging.
This software performed well with third-party testers. AV-Comparatives found the software to be in tip-top shape. While G Data slowed the AV-Test lab host machine more than any other antivirus software in our review, the scanning speed was more than adequate. Virus Bulletin also found this antivirus solution to be more than adequate and gave it the VB100 certification. It is thorough and effective at detecting and removing viruses and malware.
While you can install the software and forget about it, additional setup is quick and helps you schedule scans and customize settings. G Data AntiVirus uses two scanning engines in a system it calls CloseGap. Because of CloseGap, even if a virus makes it through the first engine, the second one still has a chance to catch it before it can infect your computer. While not as efficient with your system resources, G Data's performance in protection tests counteracts this limitation.
G Data AntiVirus is simple to use whether you're a power user or new to virus control software. The interface brings most of the functions right to the front, easily accessible on the main dashboard. The home screen shows a quick overview, and if there are any problems, you can fix them with one click. While virus definition and program updates run automatically, you can run them manually too. G Data's hourly updates are small and don't affect regular computer use.
An impressive feature is G Data's self-learning fingerprinting and whitelisting, which analyzes files and determines if they pose a threat. This is a good feature to have since it prevents unnecessary scans of safe files. G Data AntiVirus comes with additional tools to keep your computer safe such as gaming mode and rescue disks. However, it doesn’t have convenient features such as automatic USB scans or a password manager.
G Data AntiVirus has built-in help files and an email support form to help you resolve most issues. However, there is also 24/7 phone support if you need immediate assistance. Unlike many of the best antivirus software products, G Data does not have a live chat support option.
G Data AntiVirus offers good protection against viruses and other malware. Its dual-engine CloseGap scans can effectively detect threats and protect your computer. Although it has a slowing effect on computer speed, this software is up to the task of virus protection security.