G Data AntiVirus Review

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The Pros

G Data features two separate scanning engines.

The Cons

There is no live chat support for this product.


G Data provides great security and is affordable.

G Data Antivirus uses two separate scanning engines to ensure the safety of your computer, which is why it is one of the best antivirus applications available today. This antivirus software is easy to use and it offers a high level of protection for you and your computer. G Data is not a full security suite, but it features extensive scanning and detection.

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The G Data Antivirus application will protect you against a variety of threats. This application scans for Trojans, worms, rootkits and other malware. It will scan each email as it arrives in your inbox, and as an added bonus, it will scan outgoing messages as well, to ensure that you are not accidentally spreading viruses or phishing emails around to others.

G Data's DoubleScan technology utilizes two separate virus scanners to carefully search your computer for any viruses or malware. However, even with two scanners running at the same time, you shouldn't see any slowdown. A thorough scanning process without reducing the speed of your computer is one of the reasons we found this to be among the top ten best antivirus applications.

Third-party testers also found G Data to be a formidable opponent to virus infections. It has a scanning speed of 10.6MB per second and it has an impressive detection rate of 99 percent. This antivirus software package was awarded an Advanced A+ certification by AV Comparatives and a 100% from Virus Bulletin.

The installation and setup of G Data Antivirus software is straightforward and relatively quick compared to other internet security suites. If desired, you can take additional setup steps to schedule scans and customize settings to fit your needs. The user-friendly interface makes this process easy to do. Most problems the virus scan finds can be resolved with the click of a button.

Unfortunately, G Data does not offer a gamer mode, which would suspend scans during game play and prevent lag. It also doesn't scan USB drives that you plug into your computer, and it won't suspend non-essential updates when your laptop is in battery mode. These shortcomings may deter some from using G Data Antivirus software, but it has the majority of the features most users are looking for.

G Data Antivirus updates every hour, but the updates are minor enough that it shouldn't cause any slowdown. The application features a searchable help section, and if you have additional questions, you can contact the manufacturer by phone or by email. You can also visit the online forum where you can discuss your problem with other G Data users.

Overall, we are very impressed with G Data. It is easy to use and it is effective at detecting, isolating and deleting harmful malware on your computer. The unique DoubleScan technology will do a thorough sweep of your computer, yet it won't slow down your regular processes. Because of its user-friendliness and extensive search capabilities, we recommend G Data Antivirus as one of the top ten best antivirus applications available.

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Software Type Security
Platforms Windows
Required Processor
Software Required OS: Microsoft Windows 8; Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64bit); Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64bit); Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or higher, 32/64bit)
Required RAM 512 MB
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