- easy to use
- good on resource usage
- strong firewall
- good malware blocking performance
- not so good at removing malware
- spam filter not overly impressive
- parental controls aren’t great
GData Internet Security 2014 offers fair performance for a fair price. I do think, however, that there will be better quality 2014 suites out later in the year, especially as existing 2013 versions already offer more in terms of protection.
Achieved the Standard rating in AV-Comparitives April 2003 test.
- Microsoft Windows 8 (32 Bit/64 Bit), min. 1 GB RAM
- Microsoft Windows 7 (32 Bit/64 Bit), min. 1 GB RAM
- Microsoft Windows Vista (32 Bit/64 Bit), min. 1 GB RAM
- Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 and above, 32 Bit), min. 512 MB RAM
German security company GData always seem to be first out of the blocks these days when it comes to releasing security software with the following years’ date on.
They’ve done it again this year – as many of you are still mulling over the choices of 2013 software here we have the first 2014 branded offering.
The first thing you’ll notice is of course the interface (see below). GData have chosen a red and grey colour scheme which looks pleasant enough but may confuse some users who have become accustomed to security programs using red to signify that something about their settings needs their attention. That said, this program does still use colour coding in terms of ticks which will appear red, amber or green and represent your security status, that your virus definitions are up to date and that your licence is still valid.
GData sports all the standard features that you would expect to find in an internet security suite these days.
The first that you’ll likely look into is the antivirus component.
Here you have the usual options available to you – full scan or a range of selective scans including memory, removable media, certain files and rootkits.
In my own testing I found that the program performed admirably in terms of detecting malware that I attempted to add to a clean system and was, without doubt, on a par with the best programs from last year. It also fared well in terms of blocking malware found on infected web sites.
Unfortunately, however, the program was nowhere near as good when it came to removing already existing infections. Not only did it struggle to remove existing malicious programs it also drove me nutty at at times with multiple reboots.
GData’s firewall is both strong and easy to use. It works very much on an ‘autopilot’ kind of mode so that you, the user, doesn’t have to become overly involved in its operation. This is especially useful for those of you who may be concerned that you could inadvertently cause problems by playing with the settings.
The one area you may want to dabble in is the security level setting which consists of a slider that takes you from ‘Firewall disabled’ up to ‘Maximum security’. For most people, however, the default of ‘Standard’ will probably suffice.
The relative value of the parental controls in this security suite are debatable. The system carries out its filtering based on keywords which I found to be fairly competent in terms of blocking content that was most certainly undesirable for kids. The downside to this system though is that it also blocked plenty of innocent pages simply because of the use of one word which had been taken out of context.
Another issue, and a big one if your kids are computer savvy, is the program’s inability to block secured sites – if junior is clever he’ll easily evade the parental filtering completely.
The AutoStart Manager is a new and interesting feature that allows you to exert some control over the programs which are executed when you boot Windows up.
Any program that Windows manages will appear in the list in the column to the left. By moving it over to the column to the right you switch control to GData and can set a delay of 1-10 minutes or even disable the program from auto-launching altogether.
In terms of resource usage GData Internet Security 2014 fared very well indeed. In the image above you can see that CPU usage was at 14% at the time of the snapshot and this is indicative of the average throughout the entire full system scan. Peak CPU usage was under 35% throughout too and this is despite the fact that I was concurrently listening to iTunes, downloading from Steam and had 9 different browser Windows open.
Memory usage was good too (the bulk of that 2.42 GB being used was down to the other programs I had running prior to the scan starting).
As previously mentioned I think GData Internet Security 2014 is a fair program for a fair price. It will serve you well in terms of blocking malware but is definitely not, in my opinion, the program to choose if you think your system may already have one or more infections on it.
The firewall is also rather good and certainly easy to use but parental controls are a big disappointment.
- From $34.95