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As far as features go, G Data delivers on a lot of what you’d expect from a complete suite. This includes a simple and basic opening screen that doesn’t confuse users by obscuring the security status by displaying the ‘Protected!’ 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 preventing the spread of new malware. The ‘virus monitor’ that transmits your web traffic to G Data’s cloud services not only updates the virus definition file, but also blocks malware based on behavior. G Data blocked all of the unknown, new malware we threw its way in our tests. There was only one false positive.

In AV Comparatives’ offline detection test, G Data scored even higher than Bitdefender’s clone did. This is likely due to the in-house DeepRay engine, which can detect malware that is camouflaged by analysing all the actions that malware usually tries to carry out. It examines patterns that could indicate malicious intent. For instance, it can detect changes to the settings of other programs, or tracking keystrokes.

The program is not up to par in a number of areas we believe are essential for an anti-virus software suite. The program does NOT include parental control, VPN or firewall. If you require these features G Data’s Internet Security package is more expensive. This could be a serious drawback, especially since top-tier competitors such as Norton 360 and Bitdefender offer similar packages for the same price or less.

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