How to remove "around the web" by outbrain or recommended by taboola from google chrome or firefox on ubuntu ?

I tried removing content of

rm -r ~/.config/google-chrome

install and re-install google-chrome but all in vain.


3 Answers 3


The (disgusting) "around the web" is added by websites themselves to make money off ads.

The only thing you can do is to install an ad-blocker.

I recommend the open source uBlock Origin (Chrome and Firefox; code at GitHub). Get uBlock Origin, not uBlock — that is a discontinued fork.

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    ah that would make sense :D
    – Rinzwind
    Jun 2, 2016 at 8:03
  • any info about taboola?
    – azeem
    Jun 2, 2016 at 23:46
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    @azeem It says it's a "content discovery platform". Websites that put up Taboola ads are paid some money on each click of the Taboola ads.
    – user423626
    Jun 3, 2016 at 5:22

There is a simple solution for this. Within the browsers 'Notification Settings' you can control all websites permissions to send notifications. Not only you'll get a list of possible candidates you can also block them actively.

For Firefox

  • Open top right (3 bar) application menu ->
    • Settings ->
      • Privacy and Security ->
        • Permissions ->
          • Notifications -> Settings -> block website

Either determine specifically the website which adds them by systematic enable/disable/restart or just disable all potential candidates for a quick fix.

Don't forget to Restart firefox. Notifications should be gone presumed you disable the right websites.


I had similar. the adware will be in your profile, so a browser re-install is useless.

A/ in chromium, do: 1/ settings/ advanced/ reset settings. this worked for me. 2/ next, install extension "chrome adware removal". this ext seems best to block and strip adware before it infects.

B/ if you have a malware, you can try clamav, but I have found a wipe and system reinstall to be the only sure means to disinfect.

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