I installed GNOME into my Ubuntu 16.04 installation for a short amount of time. After uninstalling it (with sudo apt remove gnome-shell ubuntu-gnome-desktop), I still have the "GNOME Shell integration" extension installed into Google Chrome. Unfortunately, I can't remove the extension, because it was installed "administratively":

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How may I get rid of this tumor?


2 Answers 2

sudo apt-get purge chrome-gnome-shell

Should get rid of it on Ubuntu without restarting

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    This should be the accepted answer. You don't even need to restart Chrome for it to work. Jun 23, 2017 at 22:00
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    Does not work for me.
    – briankip
    Jul 17, 2017 at 18:22
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    I found it necessary to purge the package as well: "sudo apt-get purge chrome-gnome-shell" and then it went away from Chromium on its own
    – David C.
    Aug 1, 2017 at 15:27
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    Yes it is necessary to use "purge"
    – user372194
    Sep 10, 2017 at 20:25
  • This works on ubuntu 17
    – Max
    Jan 11, 2018 at 4:02

Figured it out.

From https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GnomeShellIntegrationForChrome/Installation#Troubleshooting:

sudo rm /etc/opt/chrome/policies/managed/chrome-gnome-shell.json
sudo rm /etc/chromium/policies/managed/chrome-gnome-shell.json

I also had to these steps:

  1. Go to chrome://version/ and copy the profile path
  2. Navigate to the profile path and navigate to the Extensions folder
  3. Remove the folder named "gphhapmejobijbbhgpjhcjognlahblep"
  4. Restart Chrome
  • Restarting Chrome is not sufficient. It appears that Chrome will cache this information internally for some amount of time. Until this period of time elapses, the extension will remain installed. When Chrome finally does realize, it will however automatically uninstall the extension.
    – badp
    Mar 29, 2017 at 18:37
  • @badp Edited the answer to also delete the extension folder
    – Duncan
    Mar 30, 2017 at 10:36
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    For me step 3 and step 4 is not required after applying sudo apt remove chrome-gnome-shell
    – Blkc
    Jun 19, 2017 at 16:07
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    Is this not scammy, bloatware behaviour, or is there a valid reason for it auto-installing itself.
    – briankip
    Jul 17, 2017 at 18:27
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    If it just allowed itself to be removed without having to go through extra steps I would agree that it's not spam or bloatware. It might even be useful, but made no attempt to explain why anyone should want to use it. Aug 11, 2017 at 7:56

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