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?

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. – Fran Marzoa Jun 23 '17 at 22:00
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    Does not work for me. – briankip Jul 17 '17 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 '17 at 15:27
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    Yes it is necessary to use "purge" – user372194 Sep 10 '17 at 20:25
  • This works on ubuntu 17 – Max Jan 11 '18 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 '17 at 18:37
  • @badp Edited the answer to also delete the extension folder – Duncan Mar 30 '17 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 '17 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 '17 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. – bmacnaughton Aug 11 '17 at 7:56

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