Ubuntu 12.10 comes with a controversial new feature called the online search. Canonical decided to deeply integrate Amazon into Quantal Quetzal. As a result, we got the shopping lens which will allow us to shop in Amazon right from the Unity Dash. But the problem is Ubuntu record our searches and send them to a remote server. To make things worse, results from Amazon were not only limited to the shopping lens but now if you search anything from within the dash, it’ll show Amazon products which is a threat to our privacy and also mess-up our search results.
But, there’s a way to easily turn it off. You can simply turn off these search results using Ubuntu system settings…
- Open the Dash and type “System Settings” and choose the first result
- Now in the settings panel, go to “Privacy”
- In the default tab of Privacy (Search Results tab), put the slider to “off” in the option “When searching in the Dash Include online search results”
Now you are safe and Amazon won’t bug you ever again!