Though heavier than most, G-Data was rated as an excellent product for years. But fast forward to 2013, when they decided to replace the Avast engine with their own along with some other modifications for the 2014 version, it's entered a Big Two-esque dark age it won't ever even recover unless they resort to quick fixes like bring back Avast. Here's why: 1. It was designed to be lighter and faster than ever, but many users complained about slowdowns, even long-time satisfied ones. 2. Like the old big two would usually do, it was rushed and released too early. On top of that, the bugs and issues remained for a long time even after they were known to everyone. 3. As you know, Norton and McAfee used to do a lot of these, which G-Data will definitely follow with many others. 4. In the old AVC tests, the big two scored great in file detection tests (just like GD14 did in this September). McAfee even did decent in retrospective/heuristics tests, but if they could detect that well, why would people bash not only their resource usage/slowness but also claim they couldn't find anything? As for GD14, if the signatures are still that great, why did it only manage to directly block 90.8% in September and not much better even in August? Even though I consider it a good result due to very low (Aug) and zero (Sep) miss rate, the fact that even the bare-bones Microsoft solution blocked more points to at least one of these: a. they couldn't integrate the full BD database for some reason, in which case they've cheated in the last file detection test, and the sigs aren't that good in the first place. b. they couldn't integrate its full heuristics for some reason, which still suggests the detection in real life isn't what it used to be anymore. c. they actually have them both, but only the on-demand scan can use them all, not the webguard. IMO it kinda explains why GD14's real world block rate got significantly worse and worse in general - one of the most common complaints were about slowdowns when browsing, which the devs presumably couldn't find a way other than constantly dumbing down the web protection to fix. d. it can always use the licensed BD engine without problems, but doesn't have good proactive tech other than the BB, which TBF can't be that bad when there's a long yellow bar. OTOH many others' proactive stuff can handily block malware even before the BB has to be called into action, or even some BBs don't ask questions. Also, I'm definitely not making up that there's a GD user on Rokop who had problems with the news app in W8 when the webguard was on, which he loves to read from. He reported the issue to the devs, then they sent him a DLL, telling him to replace it with the identically named existing one. But it had to be done again and again after each program update since they weren't smart enough to write future updates that include the same DLL. Then came another build update, the problem reared its ugly head again, a new DLL, rinse and repeat. And although the latest build seems to work well according to the user comments there, they can't even look after their build update servers anymore so not everyone is lucky enough to get it. Even those who are might be the victims of "4c" I've mentioned. Not to mention it's still yet to support 8.1, unlike other vendors who actually know what they're doing. Not that a 8.1 compatible update will help much, mind you, if you're most probably not gonna have it on your computer. Now, I'm not saying that a subpar year is the end of the world for an AV vendor. Kaspersky (2010) and judging by the latest test results if the 2014 version is stable enough, apparently Avira (2010 - late 2013?) have recovered from their slumps, but those two have always had the ability and competence to make a very good AV once they'd get a kick in the ass. Even Norton and McAfee are decent products these days. On the other hand, G-Data can't seem to do anything right since they ditched Avast. Not that they used to do much even before that - what with barely developing anything on their own, inability to do research (just look at how few entries are on their blogs even though their home country is far from the safest if we go by malware prevalence maps). They used to have decent QC, but it seemed they always owed it to their non-BD partner considering how even it's gone now. Ineptitude is forever and theirs has finally been exposed for all to see so stick in a fork in it, it's done unless they have their both hands held again.