G Data Total Security Review

Introduction of G Data Total Security

G Data has long been known as one of the leading names in antivirus protection, with the G Data Total Security product being one of their top offerings. But how does this total security suite hold up against the competition? Here’s what you need to know about G Data Total Security in our comprehensive review of this popular security software.

The three pillars of security

Before launching into our analysis, it’s important to note that every security product must include three pillars—antivirus, antispyware and firewall. The antivirus component protects against malware infections and other forms of unwanted software; spyware snoops on your online activity for financial gain; and a firewall blocks malicious attacks. We don’t consider any security software complete without all three.

We don’t consider any security software complete without all three. These features provide a strong foundation for safeguarding your device, and G Data’s full suite includes them all.

Protection against malware

G Data is one of those security software programs that includes protection against malware. You can rest assured knowing that your computer will be fully protected from all kinds of malware, viruses, Trojans and worms. This is a vital feature when it comes to protecting your personal information and keeping it away from prying eyes and potential identity thieves.

You’ll have protection against viruses and Trojans, rootkits, and all other kinds of malware that could compromise your data or take control over your computer. And unlike most anti-virus programs on the market today, there’s no impact on system performance as far as responsiveness goes. This is thanks to a memory-based detection method that ensures speed at all times.

G Data Internet Security also features a firewall which is automatically enabled when you install it. This firewall has been made with an implicit trust security model, meaning that all internet traffic is allowed by default and anything considered potentially dangerous is blocked by default. This way, your computer will be safe even if you connect to a public network such as a wi-fi hotspot at a coffee shop or airport.

Privacy protection

The internet is full of people trying to get their hands on your personal information. Protect yourself by downloading an anti-malware software program like G Data Total Security, which will search for threats and eliminate them before they can compromise your identity or steal your hard-earned money. You should also avoid giving out too much information when signing up for services; some sites collect more data than they really need. And it goes without saying that phishing scams are everywhere—don’t give in to imposters pretending to be from your bank or social media site! The best way to stay safe is just be smart about who you give personal information out to and always do a little research before entering in any sensitive data.

Local protection

The Cloud is great, but when it comes to your personal data—your social security number, bank account info, photos and videos—you want something a little more secure. Local protection means that all files are encrypted on your device and not sent off into oblivion until you delete them. With local protection, as long as your computer doesn’t get infected with malware or stolen (or crushed under a vending machine), all of your personal information is completely safe.

If that’s what you’re looking for, look no further than G Data. Not only does it protect your local files, but it also offers many other great features. Let’s take a closer look at some of them now.

Awards & Reviews

G-Data has been awarded with a Certificate of Excellence in 2015 by Tom’s Guide for its outstanding performance and offering exceptional quality programs.

Online protection

Computer security is imperative in today’s world, and there are many ways we can protect ourselves. One option is installing a program on your computer that acts as a firewall and monitors incoming data. Many computers come with free internet security software already installed. If yours does not, or if it’s outdated, look into an internet security suite such as G Data Total Security . This suite includes multiple layers of protection from viruses and other online threats.

Secure data storage

It’s important to keep your data protected. Be sure to regularly back up any data you want to protect and store these backups in a safe place that is not connected with your computer. Just make sure these backups are on a separate storage medium from your computer’s hard drive, such as an external USB drive or a DVD.

Safe shopping

Whether you’re shopping online or in-store, it’s important to protect your personal information by using security software. You can check with your bank if they offer their own monitoring and tracking software for online purchases. Otherwise, there are many free programs available that will help protect your personal information; here are three of them we recommend.

Performance impact in day-to-day use

The impact on system performance is relatively low, though it’s a close call between Avast Premier and Kaspersky in that regard. Kaspersky feels slightly faster but uses more CPU cycles. Which one is better for your system depends on your own needs and expectations—but we must note that Avast does include a CPU throttling feature that might help save wear-and-tear if it becomes an issue. (Note: Our tests were conducted using Windows 7.)

In day-to-day use, both antivirus packages included in our roundup are very light on resources. Their impact on performance is negligible, with no significant impact on boot times or most daily tasks. The only area where there’s a difference between these two competitors is CPU usage, and that’s not dramatic either.

Additional security functions

G Data InternetSecurity 2013’s additional security functions include a firewall, anti-spam protection, and user control of permissions. Spam is something that very few people actually enjoy receiving; most people find it tedious and annoying at best, and at worst malicious. Even if you’re not into interacting with others on social media or just don’t want to accidentally provide your private information without knowing where it will end up next, there’s no reason for spammers in your inbox.

The firewall in G Data InternetSecurity 2013 comes in handy if you have a lot of shared resources on your computer, or if your computers are connected to a network that is available for all others. There’s also anti-virus protection that actively protects against viruses and malware and user control of permissions – so users can disable permissions and change them at any time from their desktop. While there are a lot of different settings available for use with these controls, it may take some time to figure out exactly how they work.


  • It’s very easy to use and well-organized. It has a big dashboard that shows all security components in one view, so you can easily check out your current state. The installation process was simple, without any issues or hiccups.
  • It also has an auto-pilot mode. When enabled, it will automatically do an online check every week and in-depth scan on your computer once a month.
  • The auto-pilot mode runs silently in background, so it won’t bother you at all.
  • If you want more control over your computer’s security, then it has an advanced mode. This gives a lot more options, including full manual control over updates and scans.
  • There’s also a firewall that can be configured. It’s an on-demand one, which means it will protect only those applications and connections that you want.