ITS Security

Installing and using Spider on your PC

 

These instructions are for Windows XP - other Windows OS will be similar

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After downloading the spider.zip file to your desktop, you will then need to
extract it to your desktop.
1. Right-click spider.zip > Winzip > Extract to here
2. Open the Spider3_UMSL folder
3. Double-click spider3.msi
4. Accept the default > Next
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5. Accept the default > Next
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6. Accept the default > Install
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7. Accept the default > Finish
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8. Start Menu > Program files > Spider3 > spider_3.0.exe
9. Click the "Run Spider" button
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Installation Notes

Spider may hang on certain "large" files like pdf files or mdb files. If you notice that Spider is taking more than a few minutes on a single file and you know that there are NO SSNs in that file, you can press the ESC key on your keyboard to skip it. (You may have to do this more than once).

It might take 15 minutes or 16 hours to scan your system and network drives. It depends on the number of files. The average user will take about 1 hour. There is a number at the top of the scanning box that indicates the number files being scanned. It will be accurate for your C:\ drive but not the rest of your drives. It never resets when it moves drives.

Your system will be usable when scanning but probably will be slow and might frustrate you. It would be good to scan when you are not planning on using your system. If you plan to scan overnight, the scan will be disrupted by your computer going into sleep mode or hibernating. You may have to disable these features on your system if you will not be around to watch your system. Instructions on how to change these settings can be found at http://help.umsl.edu and search for "power save".

After the can has finished, it will display a results page. This page will list all of the files where spider found numbers that look like SSNs. Sometimes they will be real SSNs. Sometimes they will not be SSNs. Please review the files and remove the SSNs or remove the entire file. If the file contains SSNs and it is required by your job function to have SSNs, please contact the office of Information Technology so that we may find you a way of protecting those files. (Most campus users have no need anymore to have other people's SSNs and don't want to have them for legal reasons)

After you are finished removing all of those files, please remember to delete the "spider.log" file from your desktop and empty your trash.