MainStreetSHARES is designed to be easy to use, and only requires a mouse click. However, there are some browser settings, plugins, and software that may interfere with receiving credit for your shopping.
This page is designed to help you quickly check your settings. It's worth a read for all new members, but if you consistently have trouble receiving credit automatically, then you should definitely check it out!
Remember, if you ever get stuck, please contact us. We'd love to give you a hand!
Virtually all reasonably well-known modern browsers are compatible with MainStreetSHARES, including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and most popular mobile browsers.
Note that MainStreetSHARES recommends that you use the latest version of whichever browser you prefer, and that you keep your browser updated as regularly as possible.
MainStreetSHARES uses popup windows to send you to your selected retailer and for certain other functions. We do not use them for advertising.
By default, some popup blockers (such as the Google toolbar) may block such windows. You'll know this is the case if nothing happens when you click on a store's link. Please set your popup blocker to allow popups from mainstreetshares.com.
Some security or privacy products interfere with automatic purchase tracking through MainStreetSHARES. For instance, the "Ad Blocker" feature of certain Norton products can interfere with the MainStreetSHARES purchase credit technology and should be turned off.
In general, if a product purports to block ads or cookies, or otherwise "protect your privacy", then there's a good chance that it can interfere with the purchase crediting process, which also relies on cookies.
We absolutely understand and appreciate the desire for privacy in these times, however, in the case of shopping through MainStreetSHARES, it is desirable to have your purchase information reported back to us in order to credit your account. Unfortunately, "privacy" products don't understand when you want tracking and don't, so they generally disable it altogether, which has created challenges for some of our members.
Please consult your product's documentation for assistance in disabling this feature.
Certain software known as SpyWare and ParasiteWare can interfere with your MainStreetSHARES account being credited.
SpyWare is generally downloaded and installed on your machine without your knowledge and can be detected with anti-spyware software, such as Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials. We suggest that you periodically scan your system, not just to ensure that your MainStreetSHARES purchases are credited, but also for your own general security.
ParasiteWare, on the other hand, may be installed with or without the user's knowledge and sometimes "piggy-backs" on other downloaded software that the user knowingly installed. This software can actually redirect your MainStreetSHARES account credit to the ParasiteWare creators' sites.
The list of software that should be uninstalled includes, but is not limited to, software downloaded from these sites: