What is Ares.exe?

The genuine Ares.exe file is a software component of Ares by Ares Development Group.
Ares.exe is an executable file that is associated with Ares, a peer-to-peer file sharing application designed for the Windows platform. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Ares is a decentralized program that was developed to offer users the ability to download and share files such as software, music, movies and games. The newest version of Ares features support for the BitTorrent protocol and Shoutcast radio stations. The program also provides chat rooms, host individual channels and interacting with other users. Development on Ares started out in mid-2002. The program is the brainchild of two developers, aresgalaxy and lap3k. Ares is written in Delphi and was originally built to run on the gnutella network though six months later, it was using its own network based on a leaves-and-super nodes architecture. Over the years, the program has seen much controversy with anti-piracy groups and the RIAA. Today, the software continues to be increasingly popular and keeps adding better features and functionality.

Ares stands for Ares peer-to-peer client for Windows

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the Ares.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Ares.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Ares
Ares.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Ares p2p for windows belongs to software Ares p2p for windows or Ares Destiny or Object Desktop (version 2008) by Ares Development Group ( or Seekar or Official Ares or AresGalaxy.

Description: Ares.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Ares.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,015,808 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 962,560 bytes and 34 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Ares.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name Ares.exe, for example Trojan.GenericKD.1787803 (detected by BitDefender), and Trojan.GenericKD.1787803 (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the Ares.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This is a file for the filesharing program Ares. It can be dangerous if you download a file that is infected.
  Big Balla  
its a secure chat client with fileshareing and is based on mIRC.
p2p music download and file share
Peer To Peer Use at own Risk!!!
Peer To Peer. Like Kazaa, Morpheous, and the old Napster. You can download viruses if you are not careful.
  Steven Moseng   (further information)
file sharing program called Ares
p2p filesharing program, need i say more
Not a dangerous file just is sure to look at the file type size when downloading.
from a knowledge about peer to peer connection, it means it is not really secure procedure. just do it now if you can, next day your computer crashes. don't download it .
  HCV Computer Science Major  
Conflicts with Windows Vista UAC. Info on how to configure UAC at
  Skipper   (further information)
It lets you download everything I want
  jose mondragon  
Additional info on removal, and use with Windows Vista
  bryan   (further information)
Process for Ares P2P. Harmless aside from the fact that you can get a virus if you're not careful with who you download from.
doesn't have a help file bad but very good and fast downloads!
files can be mis-labelled.. you may download something that you did not want * USE WITH CARE*
Its a p2p downloader that randomly downloads viruses and opens random web pages.
my antivirus wants to block it every time
  Joe L  
File sharing program that will fill your computer with viruses. Use bittorrent from well commented sources, not silly p2p apps.
There seems to be a built in key logger so use other torrent programs such as Utorrent which are 100% safe and guaranteed virus free!

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Ares.exe: based on 22 votes with 19 user comments. 5 users think Ares.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 2 users think Ares.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade Ares.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Ares issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Ares. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Ares.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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