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Review of G Data Internet Security 2011:

    By Jay Andrew Allen

G Data While G Data has historically earned high marks for its virus detection accuracy, past versions of the product have suffered from a poor user interface and long installation routine. We took G Data Internet Security 2011 out for a spin to see how the product has improved since its last iteration.

1) Features & Ease of Use:  9.5/15

Ease of Use:  G Data Internet Security rivals BitDefender Internet Security in the length of its installation process. It's also the only Internet Security program we've seen that asks whether you want to install certain features: users can opt not to include Parental Controls (a feature found in most Internet Security packages) and Shredder, G Data's data-deletion utility.

After a post-installation reboot (grumble), users can access the G Data Dashboard by right-clicking the G Data icon in the System Tray. Unfortunately, G Data Internet Security isn't secure out of the box: the platform requests that users manually update their virus definitions, which can only be done with their username and password. (G Data is the only antivirus platform we're aware of that requires a login for virus definition updates.) G Data will also check if the application itself requires an update; if it does, the update installation will force a second reboot. User tip: don't attempt any productive work while installing G Data!

After all of that, G Data still won't declare a user's computer secure. Users must manually execute an initial virus scan. G Data also scans the user's wireless network, and raises a red flag if anything is amiss - particularly, if G Data believes the password used for encryption is too simplistic. While this is a nice additional protection (and one not provided by most antivirus manufacturers), it does add to an already large setup burden.

G Data InternetSecurity Dashboard:

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New Features:
The G Data Internet Security 2011 press release boasts that the revised product sports a "one click interface," which is somewhat true: all of G Data's key features are available with a click (or two) from the main Dashboard panel. Still, the program requires unnecessary clicks. The Firewall Settings page, for example, requires clicking an Edit button to change settings. Other applications, such as Avast! Internet Security, provide a simple slider control on the main Firewall menu, eliminating this extra step.

Existing Features:
G Data Internet Security extends the feature set of G Data AntiVirus to provide Web, phishing, and anti-spam protection. Web protection automatically filters out malicious Web sites using G Data's WebFilter algorithm; blocked sites can be whitelisted by users by clicking the Define exceptions button.

G Data scans not only Web transactions, but Internet Messaging conversations as well. Like most other platforms, its protection only extends to a limited number of chat applications - in this case, Microsoft Messenger 4.7 and Trillian.

G Data's Anti-Spam interface is quite powerful. The configuration dialogs support whitelists, blacklists, custom language and content rules, and keyword filtering - all fully customizable by the user. The platform employs a technology called OutbreakShield that monitors the Internet for mass mailing activity, and uses this information to capture spam messages in between virus signature updates.

The Parental Controls package included in G Data is decent, but doesn't match up to its rivals. The interface is clumsy to use, and doesn't contain as great a range of prohibited content as other platforms. Additionally, there doesn't appear to be any way to password protect Parental Controls settings - a standard feature in other Internet Security applications.

G Data Internet Security's Firewall feature defaults to its Automatic Settings, which grays out all advanced configuration options and permits users to adjust firewall security using a simple slider control. Even on the Custom security setting, however, there doesn't appear to be any way to configure firewall access for specific applications, as you can do on other antivirus platforms.

2) Virus Scanner:  4.5/5

While G Data's initial scan speed proved slow, we give the program high marks for its range of scanning options, its subsequent scan speeds, and its rate of virus definition update.

Scan Types: G Data supports five scan types: Check Computer (a full scan), Check memory and Startup, Check directories/files, Check removable media, and Check for rootkits.

G Data Virus Scanner:

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Speed: On our reference system*, G Data Internet Security 2011 scanned the file system at a rate of 24.3MB/second. This puts G Data in the bottom half of Internet Security applications in terms of scan speed. However, G Data blew away the competition in the Subsequent Scan Speed tests: its average scan speed after ten scans was 393MB/second, which shows that G Data is using some strong heuristics to avoid re-scanning trusted files. (See Scan Speed Comparison)

Updates: G Data Internet Security 2011 keeps its virus definition database fresh by performing an average of 15 updates per day. (See Updates Per Day Comparison)

*Reference Computer:  Windows 7 Home Premium running on a Toshiba Pentium Dual-Core T4200 (64 bit), with 3GB of RAM and a 210GB hard drive.

3) Performance Testing:  5.5/10

G Data Internet Security 2011 didn't shine in our in-house Internet Security Performance Testing. As shown below G Data was only average in our testing.

Memory Use: G Data Internet Security uses 28.4 MB of system memory. #9 ranked program of the 15 Internet Security programs we tested.

Reboot Time: G Data added 24.1 seconds to our test computer's reboot time. #10 ranked program.

Installation Size: G Data Internet Security 2011 requires 485 MB of hard-drive space for installation. #10 ranked program.

Initial Scan Speed: G Data Internet Security scans files the first time at a speed of 24.3 MB/s. #9 ranked program.

Subsequent Scan Speed: G Data performs subsequent scans at a speed of 393.8 MB/s. #1 ranked program.

Initial Application Launch: G Data Internet Security added 0.989s to launch a web browser for the first time after a reboot. #12 ranked program.

Subsequent Application Launch: GData added 0.303s on average for subsequent web browser launches. #9 ranked program.

File Conversion Time: G Data added 0.30s on average to convert a MP3 file to four other file types. #5 ranked program.

System Impact Score: The "System Impact Score" is a cumulative score tallied from the above 8 software tests (15 points given for a #1 rating, while 1 point is given for 15th place for each test). G Data Internet Security 2011 scored a total of 63 out of 120 points when compared to the other Internet Security programs tested. This placed G Data as the #7 (tied) ranked overall program we tested this year - putting G Data right in the middle of the pack of Internet Security programs (performance-wise).

View above Internet Security Performance Tests.

4) Effectiveness: (Virus/Malware Detection) 14/15

Effectiveness of G Data 2011

5) Help & Support:  2/5

G Data garners a low Help & Support score due to its poor on-screen assistance and its paucity of support options.

»On-Screen Assistance: The G Data interface is cryptic, and could use more inline text to explain the myriad options available. For example, users must go to the help manual to find out why G Data uses two virus engines, and to find definitions of terms such as OutbreakShield.

»Help Manual: Decent, but awkwardly written. The manual provides some good introductory topics, but little in the way of walkthroughs, tutorials, or FAQs. The manual is also missing some critical information: a search for Shredder - the permanent deletion utility that can be optionally installed in G Data - returns no help topics.

»Online Support: There is no way to access support from within the application itself; users must navigate to the Support Center on the G Data Web site. The Support Center offers call-in numbers for Technical Support, and a simple form for reporting issues. G Data gets credit for offering 24/7/365 phone support, but loses points for not offering a visible Live Chat option.

»Quick Support Links:

     • Support Center
     • Support Tools


G Data Internet Security 2011 continues to pull high marks for virus detection accuracy and subsequent scanning speeds. Unfortunately, the platform is hard to use, less featureful than its competitors, and - frankly - somewhat ugly. Ordinary users will be confused by the UI, while advanced users won't find enough advanced features to hold their interest. Its performance also leaves something to be desired: of all Internet Security programs reviewed this year, G Data rates barely above average in terms of overall system impact.

Overall Rating: Good    (Total Score: 35.5 / 50 = 3.5 Stars)

*Installation Time:  82 seconds plus 1 reboot (excluding time taken for updates)

Misc Info:

    • Version Tested: (2011)
    • Release Date:
    • Review Date:
    • Last Updated:
May 26, 2011
    • Previous Version:
G Data Internet Security 2010
    • Other G Data Software:
G Data AntiVirus 2011

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G Data Internet Security 2011 Screenshots

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G Data Internet Security 2011 System Requirements:

Minimum Requirements:

    • 32/64 Bit: Windows 7 / Vista / XP (SP2 or higher)
    • 512 MB of RAM memory
    • at least 500 MB of hard-drive space

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