G DATA Antivirus for Mac review, manual and guides


G DATA Antivirus for Mac[1] is developed by a German-based cybersecurity company G DATA Software AG.

The company was established in 1985 and since then has specialized in cybersecurity solutions. G DATA is headquartered in Bochum, Germany. The company is known for developing quality security software with next-gen technologies, such as DoubleScan technology.[2]

G DATA Antivirus for Mac Review

G DATA operates in more than 90 countries and offers products for home and business users, across all the major operating systems, such as Windows PCs, Macs, Android and iOS devices.

G DATA Antivirus for Mac starts at $39.95 for a year and covers one Mac. G DATA Antivirus for Mac provides users with reliable trustworthy protection against Mac-based software. The antivirus also stops Windows-based malware to prevent from sharing malicious icons across multiple devices and operating systems.[3]

G DATA Antivirus for Mac offers reliable protection against viruses, Trojans, and phishing.

G DATA Antivirus solution for Mac is compatible with Intel-based Apple Macs with Mac OS X Lion (10.7.5) or later, with 1 GB RAM, 400 MB of free disc space and at least 1024 x 640 screen resolution. In order to install the antivirus for virus signatures and for all software updates, the Internet connection is required as well.

Test results

We tested the software on our Mac device for about two weeks. The download and installation of the software do not take longer than similar programs. The impression of the software is very good.

Antivirus protection

In order to test the antivirus protection of G DATA Antivirus for Mac we have installed some malware samples on our test Mac. The antivirus application has detected them all after the full system scan. In addition, G DATA Antivirus for Mac scans your Mac in real-time. The scanner works in the background.

In addition, G DATA Antivirus for Mac detects and blocks Windows-based malware to prevent malware from spreading.

G DATA Antivirus for Mac Safe

G DATA also provides users with Internet Protection for the browser. It can be activated with Google Chrome or Apple Safari.

As one test on a single Mac cannot provide trustworthy antivirus protection rates, we wanted to check if any of independent testing labs, such as AV-TEST has tested the G DATA Antivirus for Mac application. However, AV-TEST has not tested the application, and AV-Comparatives tested the antivirus in 2013. At the time, the antivirus protection of G DATA Antivirus for Mac was about 95%. However, we do not have any recent results.[4]

Additional features

G DATA Antivirus for Mac offers users a variety of extra security features.

  • Virus Scanner

G DATA Virus Scanner scans your Mac in real-time in order to detect and remove all types of malware.

  • Phishing Protection

G DATA Antivirus for Mac detects and blocks fake and dangerous websites that aim to intercept personal data.

  • Quarantine

G DATA Antivirus for Mac quarantines all infected or suspicious files in a secure area where they cannot be opened or cause any damage.

  • Secure files

G DATA Antivirus for Mac scans removable media and individual files.

  • Automatic updates

Updates and information about new malware are downloaded automatically.

  • Real-time Protection

Every single change in the system is constantly monitored without any negative impact on your Mac's performance.

  • Network Protection

G DATA Antivirus for Mac also protects your network and ensures that your Mac does not share viruses or other malicious software with other computers and devices in the network.

  • Real-time Monitoring

G DATA Antivirus solution for Mac OS provides customers with an advanced virus scanner that continuously analyzes the entire system and enables users to scan removable storage or selected files.

As you can see, G DATA Antivirus for Mac offers a decent protection for your Mac. Even though it does not offer premium-level features, such as encryption, backup or parental controls, as an entry-level security application, G DATA Antivirus for Mac is capable of protecting Macs against the latest malware, phishing attempts, and other cyber threats.

G DATA Antivirus for Mac Scan

System-performance impact and scans

While testing the software we did not have a negative impact on a system while working in the background. Even though the G DATA Antivirus for Mac virus scanner was enabled in the background, we could not notice any interruptions or system slowdowns. During the manual scan, the system was hit by 40%, which is about average.

When it comes to the scanning performance, G DATA Antivirus for Mac offers users Manual Scans. The scans are smooth and complete in about 40-60 minutes.

Simply drag and drop files or folders onto the G DATA icon in the dock to start the virus scan.

Customer support

G DATA Antivirus for Mac includes 24/7 customer support. The support is available via the phone or e-mail 24 hours a day every day. Users also can look for information themselves via D GATA Support page that includes user manuals, service forum, and other important information product-related information.

User interface

G DATA Antivirus for Mac was designed to provide simple and clear protection. The interface is intuitive and simple, as with a single click G DATA Antivirus for Mac scans your Mac constantly in the background and provides complete safety.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Unknown
Security and Privacy features Decent set of security features
Scanning performance Average scanning time
System-performance hit Minimal
User interface Simple and easy to navigate

The final verdict

G DATA Antivirus for Mac is a great solution for those who look for inexpensive and reliable antivirus system for their Macs. The application has a minimal impact on the system, offers accurate and informative scans, including Manual Scan, and intuitive user interface.

About the author
Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Malware and spyware analyst

Lucia Danes is a news editor at Reviewedbypro.com. She is extremely passionate when it comes to helping people deal with various online threats, so she wants her articles to be understood even by those with no IT background.

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