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I'm currently running Ubuntu 22.04.4 LTS and recently there has been a red prohibited icon showing everywhere on my system.

I updated the system not long ago, but the issue started some weeks after the update so I am not sure they are related.

This red circle appears on the top bar menu, built-in apps, and manually installed ones. I believe it's an icon issue but I'm not sure

Any suggestions on what may be causing it?

This image shows that the red circle appears in different parts of the system.

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    That indicates missing icons. Did you do a complete install or an upgrade in place? It sounds like this is actually a problem with your theme missing files/icons
    – Thomas Ward
    Commented Jun 6 at 18:06
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    I also have this problem. I finished work yesterday afternoon and this morning when starting up lots of icons are missing. I did not manually install anything during the night. Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Linux DellPrecision-5560 6.5.0-35-generic #35~22.04.1-Ubuntu SMP PREEMPT_DYNAMIC Tue May 7 09:00:52 UTC 2 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    – mcabreb
    Commented Jun 10 at 7:07
  • if you run sudo apt update ; sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop^ (note the caret on the end) does it install any 'missing' packages? This may resolve the issue, if it does.
    – popey
    Commented Jun 10 at 8:18
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    Tried, icons not restored yet.
    – mcabreb
    Commented Jun 11 at 7:28
  • Could you try this answer. It is quite old but Gnome may be still using same icon cache tool. Probably, need login/logout or even reboot after regenerating the cache.
    – user.dz
    Commented Jun 17 at 5:40

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The icons that you are missing called Desktop Icons NG Ding.

If you have Shell Extension or Shell Extensions Manager installed you can check that.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gnome-shell-extensions

Or Shell Extension manager, with Shell Extension Manager you can find a lot of other extensions.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-manager

To get the icons back

sudo apt update
sudo apt install --reinstall gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons-ng

Then after logging off or rebooting should the icons show.

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    Tried, icons not restored yet.
    – mcabreb
    Commented Jun 11 at 7:28
  • @mcabreb check your messages
    – amar
    Commented Jun 16 at 16:26
  • I tried that but did not get the icons back. I reinstalled GNOME and there were no icons. Next I installed KDE and I had most of the icons, though some of them are still missing, like some of the arrows that appear in pop up messages when selecting files, so I leave it at that. When I have time I will reinstall ubuntu again.
    – mcabreb
    Commented Jun 21 at 8:53
  • Somehow this answer was auto selected for the bounty, though it did not help me.
    – mcabreb
    Commented Jun 21 at 8:54
  • @mcabreb Pls read the rules and guidelines for the bounty askubuntu.com/help/bounty , I have been trying to get hold of you for 7 days now. Can you connect to chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/153654/… and there is also user.dz higher up that has provided a link if you want to try.
    – amar
    Commented Jun 21 at 16:13

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