Ares won't connect can you help me

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Hello, I have Ares 2.0.8,3029 and it won't connect. It keeps on saying "connecting" for hours. But does not connect! I don't know what to do! I want to connect my internet so I can download music online. Can you please help me?

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I had the same problem but if you go into the Control Panel and click on Transfer, there is a box that asks for the port which should be used. Delete that number, then close ares down. Then reload ares and a different port number would be found. Then ares will start working.

Hope, it works!
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this is the only solution that works on this page I tried them all and this worked no messin about
worked for me.. thanks

This is the ONLY thing that worked for me!!! THANK YOU!!! I was about to pull my hair out!
Ten years later and that still worked O.O
I have ares and it wont connect it keep saying connecting for hours and I dont know what to do ...
so that it will stay online so I can start downloading music.Can you please help me
Hi guys,

I had ares on my PC before, got a virus and had to have my computer wiped and restored. I re-downloaded ares and for some reason wouldnt connect. I got it to work so I dont know if this will help anyone. If you have Nortons 360 on your PC, click on the icon, it gives you 4 options, click on PC security and then manage firewall, take the tick out of the 1st box so there is no firewall (for 15 mins if the options pops up). If you have Mcfee on your Pc, click ont he icon, click on Internet and network, click on cunfigure, go to the 2nd box and make sure the option off is selected (for 15 mins if the options pops up). Close it all down and open ares, it will now connect and when the firewall comes back on in the 15 minutes you will still be able to use it
Thanks very much this worked for me!!
Thanx wifey, it worked for me.
i've had the same problem for a few days.....
now that I have my computer working I tried again but it wouldn't connect again...
so I tried this....
1.- open ARES and wait a moment....
2.- after it says connecting for a little while go to control panel and disconnect....
3.- wait about 30 sec and connect again
after doing this it sholud connect and work right... if not just do 2 and 3 a couple more times...

let me know if it works for you....

Thanks for the tip guys but what I did was to disable automatic connection and the connect it manually and it works for me....
Thanks Ryan, it worked perfectly to me.. God bless bro
thank you so much my ares works now
Did not work for me..
Did't work for me to.
hey guys I have ares 2.1.1 I dont remember what other one I had when it didnt work but when I downloaded this one it wouldnt work either and I went to my firewall options and put this ares as an exception. I would also recomend downloading the newest version of Ares at . To find your firewall go to start/control panel/ windows firewall. Also for you guys worried about losing songs is move your library from your default folder and it wont be removed when you uninstall old one and when you download new ares go to control panel then transfer and change folder into the folder u moved your library into
same virus,pc ares connecting version is working for me.not the latest.not the oldest/and i'm dying to start the
Your solution definitely worked for me thanks


I highly doubt its a ISP problem. A friend of mine uses ARES and we are both on the same network. He gets connected in a matter of seconds when he opens ARES.
> Joshua
i did what joshua said.. it took about a minute to connect.
> Joshua
Dude!! I've trying to get ARES to work for so long! I used that link u provided and it installed quickly and correctly.. Now ARES is connected and everything! thanx man!
> Joshua
thank you this was the problem on my case, just change port manually and within 2 minutes I was connected.
i dont think that helpsat all
Thank you sooo much. It really worked out for me.
hi, I have the same problem too. I have windows vista and it just keeps saying connecting but never connects. everyone keeps giving the advice of checking the exceptions on each of your firewalls which I have done, and made exceptions for ares. I have even turned them all off to see if it wors still with no luc k which means it cannot be a firewall problem... is it anything to do with the ports im sharing through... any help would be appreciated thanks
im not sure about vista....but I did post the answer on the paige look for the answer from the boar
your isp has blocked them
how do you turn isp off??
> harold
stop paying for internet!
Exactly what I've been thinking.

Does everyone here have Verizon DSL?
Ares 2.0.9 is the only one that works!
yea it does had it 4 yrs. but I had 2 reinstall it 1 day & now it won't connect sum1 help!
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I've been having the same problem. I've been using Ares for a few years now, and just recently (about a week ago), it decided it no longer wanted to connect. I did just recently jump from XP to Vista (mandatory jump due to new motherboard's limitations), but even under Vista, it handled just fine over the past few months I've had the new system. I've tried adjusting my firewall settings, my router settings, opening ports, making exceptions, and still nothing... I even tried Ares Vista's trial, but that didn't work either. Over the past week, I've tried several other p2p programs, but none of them worked as well as Ares used to. After reading some more posts similar to this, I decided to give Ares Vista one more shot. I just installed it about 15 minutes ago, and this time around, after about two minutes of the "connecting..." status, a pop-up asked me if I wanted to install a new connection file. Never having seen this before, I clicked yes, and Ares Vista instantly connected. Not having uninstalled Ares Galaxy yet (even though I know I'm supposed to before installing Ares Vista), I got curious. So, I closed Ares Vista, opened Ares Galaxy, and viola, instant "online" status. So, this very long winded response is me thinking that Ares is now trying to FORCE a membership on their open source program by limiting connection availability via software restriction. I know this isn't a "fix" to the problem, but hopefully it's a neat work around till someone else comes up with something more practical.
I also have Ares on 2 diff operating systems and as of the 16th of October neither of them will connect. Nothing has changed with either system. It just wont connect. Is there an update out there. I presentyly have the lates version
dammnn ur goooood ....... I was trying to make that work by doing a lot of sh**t ....and I jus did what u said... and it works... great man... you make my day... THANK YOU !
can you be more detail with your instrucions
could you tell me how to connect to the server
hey man thnx for the tip but im kinda lost would u pliz send me clear XD :P instruction in my mail pliz BOAR I really need my music and videos ;)

Try dissabling your windows firewall,


That worked for me straight away.

Good luck dude.

Don't TURN OFF firewall, just go into your settings and ALLOW ARES to connect. Worked right away no big deal!
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I have the same version you do, I downloaded it because the Ares I had before stopped working. Nothing in this thread has helped me. If you figure it out, please let me know. I willl do the same.
hi howr u ? can u help me
> Jo
Just change the internet home adress by the tab general.
Make sure auto connect to network is selected.

Then restart your pc.
Load ares and it should work just fine.
> Nozpheratue
just get winmx @
it will solve all your problems
I just disconnect and connected a few times , then quit ares and open it again like some of you said and it worked for me.
Thankz Joshua!! it worked...

I'm having that same exact problem as well. It was working a few weeks ago and now it stopped. It says connecting at the top and never moves. I've re-installed it multiple times and my firewall has been disabled and my anti virus uninstalled.

The strange this I have two different OS on my laptop, Windows XP PRO and Windows Vista Business and Ares wont work on EITHER of them.
ares wont connect ,it has been showing connecting sice I installed it.i'm running it on a vista OS
my ares will connect I have tried reinstalle but getting the same problem I tried shearing with other on the same computer but have lock can you help
just download ares 2008
JOSH OMG I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU HAVE SAVED MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

what you have to do is uninstall Ares first then download the most current version. Then make the xp account you want install ares on ADMINISTRATOR account. Then while you upgraded that account, install Ares and run it. After Ares works you can go back and downgrade account to LIMITED.

It took me a while to figure that one out. Have Fun!
Follow this advice n your ares will be work soon :

1st don't uninstall your older ares
2nd Download new ares from
3rd instal new ares
4th open new ares n wait a second till it go online(tough it's online but you cant download cz it needs activation code)
5th open your older ares n its already have a new looks
6th search a file that you want to download it
7th download it n your older ares works
8th enjoy it ^_^

* credit to joshua that recommend to download new ares
hey guys I had the same problem and I had a little look around =/ I downloaded ares of the aresgalaxy site and it didnt connect but then I found another ares site which I downloaded another version and it worked perfectly.
i beleive this is the most uptodate 1 :)

Thanks Solomon, that worked for me....
1. Go to Control Panel/Transfer/Accept incomming connections on port.
2. Change the port to another one.
3. Disconnect
4. Reconnect.
Wait a few seconds. If that doesnt work, try again.
Last tip?. Make sure that you have choose a port bigger than 40000.