If you are not a frequent user of VMs then you might consider disabling the VMware services autostart. I use VMware Player once in a while and so wanted to stop them from starting at boot.
To do that, run:
$ sudo update-rc.d vmware disable $ sudo update-rc.d vmware-USBArbitrator disable
Crude method: Move the following two files to some other location, e.g. /usr/bin:
To start manually:
$ sudo /path_to_new_location/vmware start $ sudo /path_to_new_location/vmware-USBArbitrator start