How can I disable Amazon search results in the Unity dash?
In 14.04 LTS, I was able to uninstall the Amazon application by:
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
For the new dash home lens (default) queries that are forwarded through Canonical to Amazon uninstall unity-lens-shopping.
Either click on the bag icons above and click the
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).
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-remote.
Either click on the bag icons above and click the
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-musicstores and click on the
or enter the following command in a terminal:
For Ubuntu 13.10 and Later
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.
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-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.
I am not sure about the implications of this solutions but after removing shopping lens from Ubuntu 13.10 and higher (presumably)
and disabling the scopes
as well as disabling remote search (this way your searches won't be sent to some remote location)
you can also manually remove the link from dash ( please comment if this is the correct way or there is a better way of doing this )
All you need to do is open the GUI of your home folder, go to system and search amazon. You will then see all the amazon files on the computer. They will all have a lock icon on them, so to delete them you must go into your terminal enter sudo su, then enter you password. This makes you Root which will allow you to delete these files. From there you right click each amazon file find the directory they are located in. in terminal once root do cd (copy and paster the directory of the file's you want to delete) once you enter that directory do rm (that file). all the information to do this is in the GUI when you right click each file.
This command lists all the scope files that can be disabled:
There are some scope files missing in the above command like 'code-manpages.scope', 'grapics-openclipart.scope', 'video-remote.scope', 'video-local.scope', 'help-yelp.scope', 'reference-zotero.scope'
This has changed from previous versions where all you had to do was
However that does not work with 13.10 (and presumably later versions when they are released).
Ubuntu 13.10 does not have the shopping lens any more but now has Smart Scopes instead.
To disable a dash plug-in, From the dash select filter results then "Dash plugins"
To disable a plugin, click on it and then click the "Disable" button. You can re-enable it later if you want.
You can also disable all these plugins from the command line with
This stops the scope running but does not remove it from the dash
If you want to do this first unlock it from the launcher by right clicking it and selecting "unlock from launcher".
You will still be able to search for it in the dash but you can remove it from there too.
You need to run nautilus as root to do this See my answer to this question Why is gksu no longer installed by default in 13.04? for instructions on installing gksu or a workaround to run GUI apps as root.
You can now run the file manager with
Finally reboot and its gone for good.
Click on the Ubuntu button, search for "Privacy" and then turn off "Include online results" :
You can also remove it entirely by clicking on this button, then the orange "Available on the Ubuntu Software Center" button and selecting uninstall:
or via the command line
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:
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
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:
And then restart your session.