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[How To] Disable AT&T browser bookmarks

9th May 2013, 05:29 PM   |  #1  
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How to remove the AT&T bookmarks from the stock browser and from chrome.

Stock Browser

To remove the AT&T bookmarks from the stock browser you must be rooted. The file listed below can't be disabled and will need to be frozen via an app like Titanium Backup.

To remove the AT&T bookmarks from the stock browser freeze:

com.sec.android.app.FlashBarService

After freezing this file, navigate to Settings > Applications > All and clear the cache and data for the browser. The bookmarks should now be gone!

Note:

It has been reported by erasat (in post # 14) that freezing this file will cause the multi-window feature to stop working. However it was also reported that unfreezing this file restored multi window functionality and the bookmarks remained disabled. YMMV

Chrome Browser

To remove the AT&T bookmarks from the Chrome browser you can disable if you are not rooted or freeze if you are rooted..

To remove the AT&T bookmarks from the Chrome browser disable or freeze:

com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks

After freezing this file, navigate to Settings > Applications > All and clear the cache and data for Chrome. The bookmarks should now be gone!

Note:

scrosler advised that freezing / disabling the Chrome file will cause the Chrome bookmarks to stop syncing with Google.

He has an alternate method for removing these bookmarks. Here is his method for which you will need to be rooted:

Quote:
Originally Posted by scrosler


Navigate to /system/csc/customer.xml

Remove the bookmarks block.

Code:
    <Browser>
      <NbBookmark>4</NbBookmark>
      <Bookmark>
        <NetworkName>ATT</NetworkName>
        <Editable>no</Editable>
        <Index>1</Index>
        <BookmarkName>AT&amp;T Mobile Web</BookmarkName>
        <URL>http://home.att.com</URL>
      </Bookmark>
      <Bookmark>
        <NetworkName>ATT</NetworkName>
        <Editable>no</Editable>
        <Index>2</Index>
        <BookmarkName>AT&amp;T Wi-Fi Hot Spots</BookmarkName>
        <URL>http://attwifi.knowwhere.com/attwifiw/</URL>
      </Bookmark>
      <Bookmark>
        <NetworkName>ATT</NetworkName>
        <Editable>no</Editable>
        <Index>3</Index>
        <BookmarkName>AT&amp;T Reuse &amp; Recycle</BookmarkName>
        <URL>http://www.att.com/recycle</URL>
      </Bookmark>
      <Bookmark>
        <NetworkName>ATT</NetworkName>
        <Editable>no</Editable>
        <Index>4</Index>
        <BookmarkName>Yahoo!</BookmarkName>
        <URL>http://m.yahoo.com/?tsrc=samsungbm</URL>
      </Bookmark>
    </Browser>

Say bye, bye to them pesky AT&T bookmarks!
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10th May 2013, 12:53 PM   |  #2  
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Awesome deal. Can I just in install them or any apps I dont want or better just to freeze them ?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by raqball

I hated these AT&T bookmarks and wanted them gone!

If you use the stock browser disable / freeze:

com.sec.android.app.FlashBarService

Want them gone from Chrome? Disable / freeze:

com.android.providers.partnerbookmarks

Say bye, bye to them pesky AT&T bookmarks!

nice job
10th May 2013, 04:42 PM   |  #4  
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Awesome deal. Can I just in install them or any apps I dont want or better just to freeze them ?

Either will work but since they are pretty small files I would just freeze them as opposed to un-installing..
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Just an update I'm running latest ota for att, disabled or deleted is not getting rid of the stock bookmarks

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk 2
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Just an update I'm running latest ota for att, disabled or deleted is not getting rid of the stock bookmarks

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk 2

The same here, well at least now I know that it wasn't just me.
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The same here, well at least now I know that it wasn't just me.

This fix worked for me with Chrome. I force closed it after disabling the service.
11th May 2013, 01:18 AM   |  #8  
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sad, you buy a phone and your average user wont be able to delete bookmarks, stuff like this pisses me off!
11th May 2013, 02:46 AM   |  #9  
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just wanted to confirm, i froze those 2 things in the OP and they did not stop those bookmarks from appearing in my stock browser. when i open up my stock browser and go to bookmarks, there are still 4 at&t bookmarks under the samsung tab. a restart after freezing them didnt help. oh well.
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Originally Posted by freebee269

just wanted to confirm, i froze those 2 things in the OP and they did not stop those bookmarks from appearing in my stock browser. when i open up my stock browser and go to bookmarks, there are still 4 at&t bookmarks under the samsung tab. a restart after freezing them didnt help. oh well.

Have you all tried clearing the cache and data of the browsers??

Mine are gone so I'm not sure why you still have them showing..

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