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I'm not sure what's causing it, but it's a right pain in the neck.

Every time I open a program from the dash, it doesn't matter what it is it opens a new tab in the browser. This shows the about:blank page.

What's causing this and how can I stop it?

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Use Dash / Applications to search for one of these apps. Drag it to the Unity panel, and click on it. Does this have the same issue, and does the issue also affect your existing launch icons? – david6 May 26 '13 at 4:48
It happens with 12.10 as well – Attila Fulop Jun 4 '13 at 18:21

Found solution to the bug. The issue resides in online accounts needing authorization. Another user posted online that once they logged in and authorized their Google Accounts, the problem stopped.

I have decided to turn off google integration because despite authorizing access, google periodically makes you re-authorize access. I hope this prevents the issue from comming back.

Now I know how to fix.

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