Published by Downsoft on January 26, 2011
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Ares is a free open source file sharing program that enables users to share any digital file including images, audio, video, software, documents, etc. You may now easily publish your files through the Ares peer to peer network. As a member of the virtual community, you can search and download just about any file shared by other users. Latest versions support BitTorrent protocol and Shoutcast radio stations. With Ares you can also join chat rooms or host your channel and meet new friends.
- Fast multi-source downloads Ares automatically finds more sources and downloads files from many users at once. This can increase remarkably the speed of your downloads. Ares works behind firewalls and requires zero configuration.
- Powerful library organiser Your shared files are organized into categories in a library section. You can sort your files by type, category and easily change your share settings. An handy quick-search feature locates your files by typing a keyword.
- Built-in audio/video player You can preview files while their download is in progress and organize a playlist made of your favourites. Ares’ player supports Shoutcast internet radio.
- File sharing chat rooms You can host your chat room and join other available channels. Creating a chat channel has never been easier, now you can chat and meet new friends while you download files.
Free for all Windows versions.
Ares development began in the middle of 2002 and was originally operating on the Gnutella network. Six months later, it switched to its own network with a leaves-and-super nodes architecture. Its protocol is more difficult to identify than that of other popular P2P programs. As a result Ares is sometimes the only P2P client that works on restricted networks, such as some university campuses. However, it is not impossible to block, and many organizations are now doing so.
From version 1.9.0, data sharing was enabled between two peers behind a firewall. This may be due to mediating peers. The Ares network was, at one time, largely free from fake and corrupt files, unlike others like FastTrack. However this has changed as its popularity as a file sharing network increased. Since late 2006, several anti-piracy groups, including MediaDefender and BayTSP, working for the RIAA, have started hosting fake MP3 files on Ares that never start downloading.
These files are hosted from multiple computers using extremely high-bandwidth connections and therefore appear at the top of the list for any search query that returns them as a result. Some users report that the reliability of establishing connections can be difficult and erratic. From version 1.9.4, Ares included basic support for the BitTorrent protocol.