G Data AntiVirus 2014 is an interesting security package that combines two antivirus engines for enhanced accuracy.
Sounds good, and not just in theory - independent labs AV Comparatives ran a major on-demand test of thirteen antivirus packages in March 2013, and G Data's engine came top of the list, detecting 99.9% of the malware samples used.
Running two antivirus engines does have a small impact on performance, but the program compensates by using whitelisting techniques to make better decisions about which files must be scanned, and which can be ignored, noticeably improving performance. Although if you'd rather not be hassled by virus scans when you're working, you can always schedule them to run when your PC is idle, which means you'll barely notice the program at all.
As well as on-demand scanning, you also get comprehensive real-time protection, which combines behaviour monitoring, heuristics and cloud-based technologies to detect even brand new, undiscovered threats.
The 2014 edition features an improved BankGuard, G Data's technology for protecting your online banking and shopping transactions.
A new Autostartmanager optimises your system to improve boot times.
And all this is presented in a revamped, simplified interface, making the program much easier to use.