When you search for an application or a file or anything in Unity Dash in Ubuntu, you must have noticed some shopping suggestions from Amazon and other sources. To me, these shopping suggestions are completely useless and often annoying. Also, this is a matter of privacy concern.
If you too find these shopping suggestion in Ubuntu Unity Dash unnecessary, we’ll see how to disable them easily.
Disable Amazon Shopping Suggestions in Ubuntu
To remove shopping results from Ubuntu Unity Dash, we will use a command which is floated by FixUbuntu. If you remember FixUbuntu was entangled in legal trouble with Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu).
Open a terminal and use the following command:
gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Lenses disabled-scopes "['more_suggestions-amazon.scope', 'more_suggestions-u1ms.scope', 'more_suggestions-populartracks.scope', 'music-musicstore.scope', 'more_suggestions-ebay.scope', 'more_suggestions-ubuntushop.scope', 'more_suggestions-skimlinks.scope']"
Restart the system and you will see that there are no more shopping suggestion in Unity Dash anymore. If you, for some reason, want it back, use the same command as above by replacing disabled-scopes with enabled-scopes.
Hope this quick helped you to get rid of shopping results in Ubuntu 14.04. Just for your info, starting from Ubuntu 14.10, the shopping suggestions will be disabled by default, you can opt-in for it from the settings though.