How to Remove the Amazon Application From Ubuntu

This process governs Ubuntu before version 18.04

For much of the mid 2010s, Ubuntu included Amazon-specific search services baked into Unity. Many users rebelled against this intrusion into their privacy, so by Ubuntu 18.04, Amazon material was effectively removed from Ubuntu.

The easiest way to get rid of Amazon's footprint into Ubuntu is to upgrade your distribution to 18.10 or more recent.

Removing Amazon from Ubuntu.

Remove The Files Manually

To remove Amazon's footprint without upgrading to a currently-supported release of the distribution, remove three files. Open a shell session and execute the following commands:

sudo rm /usr/share/applications/ubuntu-amazon-default.desktop
sudo rm /usr/share/unity-webapps/userscripts/unity-webapps-amazon/Amazon.user.js
sudo rm /usr/share/unity-webapps/userscripts/unity-webapps-amazon/manifest.json

Unity and GNOME

This Amazon-specific code incorporated into Unity, the default desktop environment for Ubuntu. Unity was deprecated as of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, in favor of GNOME 3, which does not support the same plug-ins (including Amazon's) that worked for Unity. So although "removing Amazon" met an end-user demand, it was an adjunct to Canonical (Ubuntu's parent company) abandoning its own proprietary DE.

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