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I do not want to use Google Chrome - I purposely installed Chromium. But whenever I click on a link in an external application ( like a link in a pdf or email) Google chrome launches. It is not in installed applications in software center

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Did you install it from Google at some point and remove it? If you could post the contents of /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ it could confirm it, Google's package will readd the sources if it finds it missing. – Jorge Castro Feb 22 '12 at 20:06

Go to 'System Settings' --> 'System Info' --> 'Default Applications'. Then choose Firefox (or another browser you like) at the point 'Web'. I hope I could help ;)

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