Remove Amazon From Ubuntu’s Unity Dash

Remove Amazon From UbuntuWhen you upgrade to the new Ubuntu 12.10, you will see something new right off the bat, Ubuntu now shows you advertisements for Amazon products when you search in unitys dash home, Is that just great or what!! As if you don’t get enough commercials and adds shoved in your face now Ubuntu has joined the game. There’s also an Amazon shortcut pinned to Unity’s launcher as well.

You can easily disable the Amazon search results if you don’t want them, or if you’re concerned about your privacy. When you search in Unity’s dash, your search terms are forwarded to Canonical. Canonical then sends these search terms to other parties, such as Amazon, for you. This means that Amazon won’t tie your searches to you personally.

Canonical then receives these search results from Amazon and sends them back to you on your computer, they’re displayed in the dash. Amazon is a very large website with a wide variety of products, in some cases users have reported these adds to be not safe for work, the products turning up when they perform searches in the dash may be in appropriate.

There is a an information icon at the bottom right corner of the dash home, you must click it to view the legal notice, which explains exactly how this works.

If you click an Amazon search result and buy the product — or buy anything else on Amazon after clicking one of the ads – Canonical gets a cut of your purchase from Amazon, helping fund Ubuntu’s development.

You may disable all on line content in the dash from with in the Privacy control panel. But keep in mind that this also disables other types of on line searches, such as the on line video feature in the dash.

To open the Privacy control panel, do a search for “Privacy” in the dash and launch the Privacy application. look for the Include on line search results and move the slider to Off and you won’t see Amazon ads in Ubuntu’s dash, or any other on line content.

To Remove Only Amazon Search Ads

If you wish to continue using some types of on line content in your dash but you want to disable the Amazon search results, you need to uninstall the unity-lens-shopping package.

To uninstall the package, open a Terminal window from the dash.

1. Open the Terminal (CTRL-ALT-T)

$

2. Enter the command in the Terminal.

$ sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

3. Enter your password.

$ sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping
[sudo] password for user: 

type Y to confirm, and Ubuntu will remove the package.

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required:
  linux-headers-3.5.0-17
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove it.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  unity-lens-shopping
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
After this operation, 139 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?

4. Log out and back in

and the changes will take effect.

Remove the Amazon Launcher.

The Amazon shortcut on the sidebar – which launches the Amazon website in a browser when clicked — is very easy to remove. Just right-click it and select Unlock from Launcher.

If you’re curious why Canonical added the Amazon search results, you can read Mark Shuttleworth’s “Amazon search results in the Dash” blog post where he addresses criticism from Ubuntu users.

External Links

  • Homepage: http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/1182