G Data Total Protection 2016
G Data is a German (Deutsch) software company focusing on antivirus (anti-malware) security solutions for home and business.
There are three main products offered in the G Data consumer & small business user range, Antivirus, Internet Security 2016 and Total Protection 2016 which we are reviewing, each offering more protection than the previous version. The G Data Total Protection 2016 is their top of the range product and so offers the most in security protection.
The foundation of any premium internet security suite is also the foundation of any basic antivirus (anti-malware) product feature list: virus/malware detection, scanning of email for threats, and secure online shopping and banking. G Data is no different in that regard.
Installation and Setup
Depending on your circumstances, you can either purchase (buy) or download a trial of G Data Total Protection 2016. Once downloaded you can begin to install the software. First you click on the language selection, then proceed to install. We did find the installation a bit of a pain, firstly because we had to download a software update, then restart system one again, then we had to fill out an ID form before the software was activated, a more common step among antivirus vendors, which remains tedious.
When you start G Data Total Protection 2016 you are presented with G Data's bold red-and-white main window sporting a collection of icons across the top, which is slightly different to other packages. Clicking each of these brings up a corresponding page with information and action elements. There are just graphics, but once you run the mouse over them they explain what they are for. We find this a bit annoying.
G Data Total Protection is a feature packed security suite with excellent anti-virus capabilities, including the latest zero-day threats, protection at the cloud-level, anti-malware and other malware protection.
The antivirus and anti-malware are impressive, and G Data use what is called “Dual Engine” technology which basically gives you two layers of anti-everything working together to give you stronger protection.
Antispam is another feature that equips G Data to spare you from advertising emails. It also protects against phishing links that would trick you into giving away personal identity data to bad guys. In addition there are parental controls so you can keep your child away from websites that are not age appropriate. You can also control how much time a child spends web surfing and gaming.
G Data's patented BankGuard technology has been optimised; it has configurable Keylogger Protection to protect you against manipulation and data theft on the Internet. With the Browser Cleaner you can block tedious add-on programs, it will remove unwanted toolbars and add-ons from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.
The software seems to work well without any problems, our only niggle is that we thought that the tedious installation was a bit of an overkill. There are a lot of menus and options once you start the software, many more than in other security suites, but it does mean you can delve deeper and it is a full featured package.
To get a closer look at the software download a Trial of G Data Total Protection and see how you get on.
It's a great package, but G Data Total Protection 2016 real strength lies in its very solid malware protection.
Manufacturer: G Data
Operating System Covered: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
Price: Paid versions
ISP Mark: 8.0/10