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I enabled some experimental features in Chrome (using the about:flags page), and I'm trying to reinstall it completely (since it has begun to malfunction in various ways - for example, flash applets and extensions are no longer working.) Is there any way to completely reset Google Chrome on Ubuntu, so that all default settings are restored?

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In general, what process should be followed for completely reinstalling an application on Ubuntu? – Anderson Green Feb 4 '13 at 23:21
I found a duplicate question, but it doesn't have any useful answers yet: – Anderson Green Feb 4 '13 at 23:25
you might also go to Settings, create and edit a new user, than delete the old one ( – cipricus Feb 4 '13 at 23:47
Another duplicate (which actually solved my problem!):… – Anderson Green Feb 4 '13 at 23:53
maybe resetting settings is not a duplicate of reinstalling, although the user agreed to reinstalling – cipricus Feb 4 '13 at 23:54
up vote 3 down vote accepted

A general answer to that can be found in the link below, this should be closed as duplicate.

What is the correct way to completely remove an application?


apt-get purge package
apt-get install package
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For the command sudo apt-get purge google-chrome, I got the following error: Virtual packages like 'google-chrome' can't be removed. – Anderson Green Feb 4 '13 at 23:29
have you tried to use the auto-completion? In my case I have to say apt-get purge google-chrome-stable. I assume you are using this ppa. There is no package called google-chrome – LeoR Feb 4 '13 at 23:33
I ran the command sudo apt-get purge google-chrome-stable, and then reinstalled Chrome, but all of my settings were still the same after reinstallation. What I really need to do is to remove all the configuration files for Google Chrome, since they were apparently not removed. – Anderson Green Feb 4 '13 at 23:49
@AndersonGreen Yes, as (I) mentioned in the answer to the question linked here, it won't remove any user-level configuration changes. See the other answer of cipricus - that should work. – gertvdijk Feb 5 '13 at 0:03
@gertvdijk you're right, I misinterpreted the question. [at]AndersonGreen it would be helpful for later visitors if you could change the accepted question from mine to the answer of cipricus, which, together with the comment of gertvdijk, would be the correct approach. – LeoR Feb 5 '13 at 0:26

I think this works without removing all the program. Create new profile (User) like this.

Than delete the old/default one.

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Alternatively, remove /home/username/.config/google-chrome recursively (e.g. rm -rf ~/.config/google-chrome) to remove all of the configuration files. (in case Chrome isn't even starting up anymore to perform the steps in the answer) – gertvdijk Feb 5 '13 at 0:04
rm -rf ~/.config/chromium for fixing chromium! Chromium just keep loading on Ubuntu after sync up with google account. This command save my ass. – Robert Apr 17 '14 at 3:21

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