The creators of the genuine Ares Lite Edition started from the Ares Regular application and adjusted it to run more efficiently on Windows 98 and other old versions of Windows. Specifically, Ares Lite was designed to consume less computer processor and memory resources than Ares Regular. Ares Lite also removed all embedded advertising logic that consume both computer resources and network bandwidth.
From the networking point of view, Ares Lite Edition offers the same file searching, downloading and chat features as Regular.
Ares Lite downloads can be difficult to find on the Internet, as its creators now prefer all users run Ares Regular. See the sidebar for a current Ares Lite download location.