As of 2015, users can download versions of Ares for free, but these versions may be infected with viruses or are no longer functional. The original version of the Ares software was developed as a free and open source product, though current versions are paid.
The Ares software is a Peer-to-Peer program that is compatible with computers operating various Windows operating systems, such as Windows 7, XP and Vista. This program is used by a network of users to share various types of files, such as photos, songs and video files. The Ares software is not compatible with computers operating on Linux or Mac.