How to Turn Off Amazon Search Suggestions in Ubuntu

This is an old article written for an older version of Ubuntu. The steps may or may not work for your current Ubuntu version.

Among the few new things in Ubuntu, one is the controversial Amazon search suggestions. When you search for anything, apart from all the results, it also provides some suggestions from Amazon. Let us see how can we get rid of Amazon suggestions.

Ubuntu 12.10 gives you a new option in the privacy settings and that is to turn off the option of “Include online search results”. But beware! It will turn all the suggestions from internet based Unity lenses. Which means that you won’t be able to use Wiki lens, weather and news lens  academy lens etc. If you can live with it, here is how to turn the Amazon suggestions off in Ubuntu 12.10:

Go to System Settings (from top right corner of screen):

Here look for Privacy:

Now in the Privacy settings, go to Search Results tab and turn include online search results off:

Command Line Alternate:

To get rid of the shopping suggestions, you can use the following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

Voila! You are done with the Amazon search results. Now you won’t see any online search results.

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