Software & Apps Linux 89 89 people found this article helpful How to Remove the Amazon Application From Ubuntu This process governs Ubuntu before version 18.04 by Gary Newell Writer Gary Newell was a freelance contributor, application developer, and software tester with 20+ years in IT, working on Linux, UNIX, and Windows. our editorial process Gary Newell Updated on February 23, 2020 Linux Switching from Windows Tweet Share Email 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. 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.desktopsudo rm /usr/share/unity-webapps/userscripts/unity-webapps-amazon/Amazon.user.jssudo 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.