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I want to remove all unitiy scopes, that may access the internet completely and permanently form a pool of many Ubuntu 13.10 machines. How to do that?

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I think, the best thing to do is to unintall the packages:

sudo apt-get purge unity-scope-chromiumbookmarks unity-scope-colourlovers unity-scope-deviantart unity-scope-gallica unity-scope-gdrive unity-scope-github unity-scope-gmusicbrowser unity-scope-googlenews unity-scope-gourmet unity-scope-musicstores unity-scope-musique unity-scope-openclipart unity-scope-openweathermap unity-scope-soundcloud unity-scope-video-remote unity-scope-yahoostock
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If you want to disable scopes that access the online data sources, the best option is to turn off the Include online search results option in the Search tab of the Privacy control panel.

Access to remote scopes (i.e. the "smart scope server") occurs within the home scope, and removing the unity-scope-home package would render the dash non-functional.

If you want to change the default for a system, you can follow the instructions from this question:

How can I change default settings for new users?

The contents of your overrides file should look something like:

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