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Ares p2p for windows by Ares Development Group

Remove ares.exe
Warning 8 antivirus scanners has detected malware in various versions of ares.exe.


There are 10 versions of ares.exe in the wild, the latest version being ares.exe is run as a standard windows process with the logged in user's account privileges. The process displays a GUI (graphical user interface) which allows the user to interact with it as well as displays a notification icon in the taskbar. By adding a startup entry to the run registry key, the file will be executed when the user logs into Windows. The average file size is about 1.8 MB. The programs Ares 2.2.4, Ares 2.2.5 and Ares 2.1.9 have been observed as installing specific variations of ares.exe. During the process's lifecycle, the typical CPU resource utilization is about 0.0068% including both foreground and background operations, the average private memory consumption is about 14.06 MB with the maximum memory reaching around 17.06 MB. Addionally, typically read and write I/O disk operations is about 590 Bytes per minute for reads and 402 Bytes per minute for writes.

What is ares.exe?

ares.exe is the main user interface process for the Ares p2p program.

About ares.exe (from Ares Development Group)

Ares engages millions of peers to create one of the largest file sharing networks in existence today. Ares contains absolutely NO adware or spyware and is certified a 100% clean download. Ares is ver


File name:ares.exe
Publisher:Ares Development Group
Product name:Ares p2p for windows
Typical file path:C:\Program Files\ares\ares.exe

ResourcesPrograms installed in

(Note, the programs listed below are for all versions of Ares p2p for windows.)
Ares Development Group
1% remove
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...
  60% remove
Distributed by Onekit Internet S,L, this P2P program bundles additional software, most PUPs (potentially unwanted programs such as adware). It uses a 3rd-party download and install manager. From the T...


(Note, the behaviors below are for all versions of ares.exe, select a unique version for details.)
Startup files (user) run
Runs under the registry key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run'
  • 'ares' → "C:\Program Files\Ares\Ares.exe" -h
Windows firewall allowed programs
Exceptions allow programs to access to the Internet through an outbound connections
  • Firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Ares\Ares.exe'
Scheduled tasks
  • Entry path '\{60238128-8CBA-469B-8E51-BD56B59EE593}'

MalwareMalware detections

Based on 40+ industry antivirus scanners, 8 of them detected the following malware.
Antivirus engineEngine versionDetectionFile version
Baidu Antivirus
ByteHero Trojan.Win32.Heur.089
Clam AntiVirus PUA.Packed.ASPack
Comodo Internet Security 16713 Heur.Suspicious
Comodo Internet Security 16925 Heur.Suspicious
Dr.Web Trojan.MulDrop1.40731
eSafe Win32.Trojan
Jiangmin 16.0.100 Win32/

VersionsAll file variations of ares.exe

MD5SHA-1File size
c7b07f0264d741bb08bb2178a653eb06 3dbd3810e847ce9da93ce174d410d351ba7a890b 3.51 MB
6922bcc481136e0e3f141a2047689d29 a1dafcc3aa8e057499c83c52380bb05bbae4c9c1 895 KB
275662e7e729e57be9599041ed2f9297 5583a2f2e8805e83326fed807cd89d3cbdf933b8 892.5 KB
c7146033f2e120ce3a605b5fcd562319 dcf4b0acdb29e0323828ce59fdc7a2e2dc219d8f 894 KB
9596086ce0539866c136772f34791d82 47093b2b7b21b266c561848f4fff934229985682 2.87 MB
fa10d5fbd2bf7b90cdc08ccbe3593881 342e483102e2c67dc7b6df47c9934250138556c2 3.06 MB
70ea13a41c0d9d31343ec203a629f801 5faddd5c26c100dad771d4a4e4b9c4cb41a8ea84 3.06 MB
69e967f3ff9e3df41f4228440fbd43ae 6c447b64f036f39eb3d248cf16991b32633d51ad 992 KB
c796ac1332cc47940fb877cf9c2ceb49 b7e0efeda6d818034b6ed72c71d4999517cfd6b0 992 KB
022a9fd4845ace6ef000c5e26bf31592 0edc94c4ed93ac495e152c07a1b4730b6a826836 932.5 KB

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.48%
Microsoft Windows XP 24.14%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.24%
Windows 8 Enterprise 6.90%
Windows 8 6.90%
Windows 7 Professional 6.90%
Windows 8 Pro 3.45%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 31.03% of Ares p2p for windows.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Compaq 33.33%
Toshiba 16.67%
Hewlett-Packard 12.50%
Lenovo 8.33%
Acer 8.33%
Gateway 8.33%
American Megatrends 4.17%
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