Spider is an open source network forensics tool developed at Cornell University to identify the presence of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on a computer. It scans for data such as Social Security, credit card, or bank account and routing numbers and produces a list of files that may contain PII.
Depending on the number of files Spider needs to review, a scan can take several hours. While you should be able to continue working, it is recommended you run Spider at a time when you'll be away from your computer. Remember to lock your display when you are away from your computer. If you're scanning a laptop, plug the computer into an outlet to avoid the battery running out before the scan is completed. Note that installing Spider for Windows may require administrator rights on your computer.
You can speed up the scan by deleting temporary Internet files, cookies and history from your web browser(s).
Spider requires Microsoft .NET version 2.0 or higher. Follow the directions below to ensure you have the latest version installed.
Download and run the Spider for Windows installer from http://www2.cit.cornell.edu/security/tools/Spider_Release_2008.zip. If you're asked whether you want to Run or Save the files, click Save. The program will be saved to the location you specify.
Open the Spider_Release_2008.zip folder, and then open the Spider_Release_2008 folder.
Double-click Spider4 to run the installation program. (This file may be named Spider4.msi.)
Follow the onscreen instructions. In the final window, click Close. Spider is now installed on your computer.
By default, Spider scans the file types most likely to contain sensitive data, such as email, Office documents, PDFs, some database formats including Fox Pro, Access, and most dBase III/IV derivatives, archives including ZIP, GZip, and BZip, HTML, and legacy formats such as Quattro and Lotus 1-2-3.
To narrow the scope of the scan, select the area on your computer you need to review. Click the Settings menu and select the Scan Options tab. In the Start Directory field browse to or type in the folder where you would like Spider to start. You must select and run Spider on each drive separately.
After setting the starting point, run Spider by clicking the Spider button.
Thanks to Cornell University for providing this tool. The most recent information concerning Cornell Spider for Windows may be found at http://www2.cit.cornell.edu/security/tools/.