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How can I disable Amazon search results in the Unity dash?

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Click on the Ubuntu button, search for "Privacy" and then turn off "Include online results" :

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You can also remove it entirely by clicking on this button, then the orange "Available on the Ubuntu Software Center" button and selecting uninstall:

Remove via the software center

or via the command line

sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

You then need to log out and back in.

Another option would be to move the lens entirely out of the home dash and make it a standalone lens:

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If you don't want online shopping results in your dash but there are times when you want to search the Internet from your queries (for example, while using the Askubuntu scope to the help lens), you may not wish to disable the "Include online search results" item. In that case you may wish to remove particular sources.

For Ubuntu 13.04 and Earlier

Home Lens

For the new dash home lens (default) queries that are forwarded through Canonical to Amazon uninstall unity-lens-shoppingInstall unity-lens-shopping.

Either click on the bag icons above and click the Remove button on the right in the Software Center window that appears, or use an alternative of the following command line after bringing up a terminal with Alt+Ctrl+T.

sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

Or, launch Ubuntu Software Center, click Installed, expand Themes & Tweak, and scroll to the its end. You'll see Shopping lens for unity there (along with a lot of complaints).

Video Lens

For the already existing video lens lookup you can choose the source of searches by using the "Filter Results" item on the top right, and then selecting the sources you want by using the Sources drop down. Alternatively you can uninstall unity-scope-video-remoteInstall unity-scope-video-remote.

Either click on the bag icons above and click the Remove button on the right in the Software Center window that appears, or use the following command line after bringing up a terminal with Alt+Ctrl+T.

sudo apt-get remove unity-scope-video-remote

Music Lens

As in existing releases, online shopping for music in 12.10 can also go to the Ubuntu One Music Store. To remove that feature click on the bag button for unity-scope-musicstoresInstall unity-scope-musicstores and click on the Remove button on the right in the Ubuntu Software Center window that appears.

or enter the following command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get remove unity-scope-musicstores

For Ubuntu 13.10 and Later

(From http://www.webupd8.org/2013/10/how-to-disable-amazon-shopping.html)

Go to the Dash by Pressing the Super-A key combination. For PC hardware the Super key may be the one that has the somewhat familiar computer company logo on it.

Click on "Filter" on the upper right of the dash, and then on "Type" right below. Then click on Dash Plugins to display them.

By clicking on the plugins of interest on the left you can get a summary of each plugin, including the Amazon one. You can disable or enable them individually with the button that appears below the summary.

For enhanced privacy the source for this answer suggests the following list for consideration.

"Amazon, Ebay, Music Store, Popular Tracks Online, Skimlinks, Ubuntu One Music Search and Ubuntu Shop."

I would add the Ubuntu One Music Store, and Remote Videos as well.

There may be other plugins you don't care for as well, particularly since there are now a great number of scopes and many may forward your interests to sites you haven't vetted.

unity-lens-applicationsInstall unity-lens-applications must be installed for this approach to work.

Usually when you bring up the dash you start with the Home lens. You can adjust what is searched by altering the Filter settings on the upper right of the dash before you starting type your search term.

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I've removed all of these pacakges using apt-get under 13.10 but search still gives me music store suggestions after reboot. –  Erik Allik Feb 28 at 17:49
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@ErikAllik, Thanks for bringing attention to the change in 13.10 Ubuntu. I've updated the answer for 13.10 and later. –  John S Gruber Mar 11 at 21:33
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In addition to the other answers, you can also redirect the queries to another location by changing the URL it uses for the product search:

sudo -s
echo 'OFFERS_URI="https://localhost:0/"' >> /etc/environment

And then restart your session.

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With Privacy Indicator you can quickly enable or disable online results:

Screenshot of Privacy Indicator

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IF you want to have a Ubuntu LiveCD without Amazon stuff there is a remastering script: http://www.helplinux.ru/wiki/en:kb:make-ubuntu-safe

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Update: if you want to have a Ubuntu LiveCD with disabled online search results by default there is a new remastering script for this: http://www.helplinux.ru/wiki/en:kb:make-ubuntu-privacy-friendly

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