Ares 2.4.0

Chat program where you can also share files

  • Vote:
    6.5 (2210)
  • Category:

    P2P

  • Version:

    2.4.0

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free (gpl)
Ares 2.4.0
Ares 2.2.9

Ares is a piece of peer-to-peer file sharing software that allows you to easily download torrents through a totally free platform that includes a built-in media player.

This software is one in a category of several like it that includes uTorrent, eMule, and BitTorrent. These tools allow you to download images, games, music, apps, movies, and any other file type imaginable over a secure connection. The software is only meant for use with content that isn't protected by copyright. Any content that is protected by copyright can not legally be shared with this software or any like it.

Torrent files are basically connections to other sources where that content is stored. For instance, if you were browsing through Ares and found a file that you wanted to download, the torrent file itself is nothing more than a connection between your system and other systems that have that file. If only one source, or seed, is available, the download will be slow. If the file can be downloaded from multiple seeds at once, the entire download speed improves.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Ares is that it allows you to view a smaller sample of the file in question before you begin downloading. Most other P2P clients don't offer such a function since it requires the extraction of content from often incomplete sources. Ares has discovered how to use advanced analysis to make such extraction simple.

Unlike other pieces of software in this category, Ares features a built-in media player so you can instantly view content downloaded to the Shared folder. You can also use Ares to browse the internet directly from the app.

Like other torrent apps, Ares allows you to use multiple sources to download a single file. Since each seed only produces a slight amount of the total download speed, more seeds translate to more speed. That means if you download a popular file, and you leave it in the Shared folder, others will be able to use your copy of the file as a seed of their own. There are a number of other pieces of software that claim to help improve your Ares download speeds, including Turbo Booster and Ares Galaxy SpeedUp. Unfortunately, there's little evidence that these boosting apps actually work.

With Ares, you'll get a user interface that's exceptionally intuitive. The main screen gives you access to the most prominent features of the software, including web browsing, download, search, settings, chat, and library. You can filter search engine results by type, which makes it easier to find the exact file you're seeking.

There are few P2P clients that can match Ares. The software is straightforward, easy to learn, and fast. You won't have to wait long since downloads happen quickly, and the most recent version of the software includes support for Shoutcast radio stations and the BitTorrent protocol.

Pros

  • Highly Intuitive
  • Integrated Media Player
  • Short Download Wait Time

Cons

  • Occasional Connection Issues

Ares is a free peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing program for Windows.

File sharing programs, such as Ares, BitTorrent, and uTorrent, are used to distribute files among large groups of people. When one user wants to share a file, he uses his torrent program to create a torrent file, which then acts as a "seed." Other P2P software users can use file sharing indexes to download the torrent file, which connects all other users who are sharing that file. This group of peers works together to distribute files among other users.

Ares has a sleek interface that looks like a combination of a media player and a file sharing program. The interface is easy to use and attractively designed. Every screen, including the options screen, is under a tab. Media player controls always stay at the bottom of the interface, no matter which window a user is in.

Despite its unique interface design, Ares shares many features with other file sharing programs. Obviously, the opportunities to create torrents and to share files are the two primary features. The settings menu contains the typical range of options for any file sharing program, such as setting up basic interface preferences and connection preferences.

But Ares also has several other features not available to every torrent program. Ares claims it can find more download sources than other P2P sharing programs, thus increasing download speed. However this is something that could be difficult for a user to measure, since download speed tends to vary. This depends on a number of factors, such as the general network load, the number of seeders and leechers, the time of day and so forth.

As mentioned above, the ever-present controls at the bottom of the interface are part of a media player, so users can preview files as they download. The media player includes a playlist organizer and supports several streaming TV and radio stations. Ares also includes the ability to host and join chat channels while you download. A library organizer function, another feature not common in many P2P programs, allows users to organize downloads by category.

Additionally, this program is open-source, so technically proficient users can download the source code and modify it, add features and create their own versions of the software.

Pros

Free and open-source

Includes several features not available in other file sharing programs

Easy to use

Cons

Stability issues with older versions of Windows

Installation package may attempt to install Ask.com tools

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