Today, when I open google chrome from the unity launcher, it's getting stuck in opening homepage. It hangs for 3 seconds and the option to force quit immediately popup.

I tried opening through terminal, google-chrome-stable command, and it opens normally. I think my launcher icon got replaced. One thing I noticed was its not on the same position as last time. Its now on bottom of the list. Also when I hover on it, the launcher name is now my local IP ( instead of Google Chrome - web Browser and it lost the option for Open a New Window and Open a Private Window when right clicking it. I suspected it got replaced and now loading my local environment, but I'm not sure why it hangs and cannot proceed.

So I searched my /usr/share/applications directory and find google-chrome.desktop, but upon checking it seems normal.

Exec=/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable %U

I'm not sure what has caused this and how to fix it. I don't want to run google chrome through terminal every time I needed it.

There wasn't any update and the only thing different that I did was running chrome with a flag from terminal last week once:

google-chrome --disable-web-security --user-data-dir="/tmp/chrome_tmp"

have solved this by deleting all *.desktop files found here ~/.local/share/applications

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