You have a fresh machine. But when you log in, you see a link on your desktop to VMware Shared Folders. You drag it to your Trash. Next time you log in, you see it again: VMware Shared Folders. Again, you move it to the Trash. The third time it happens, you wonder, “What the heck is going on? How can I permanently delete VMware Shared Folders?”
The most likely cause is that your machine was cloned from an image that was created under a VMware Fusion instance that had VMware Tools installed.
The Easy Fix
The easy fix is to Uninstall VMware Tools. It can be found in /Library/Application Support/VMware Tools.
The Hard Fix
Log in to your workstation and run these commands; they should fix the problem:
for PLIST in \ /Library/LaunchAgents/com.vmware.launchd.vmware-tools-userd.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vmware.launchd.tools.plist do [ -f $PLIST ] && sudo defaults write $PLIST RunAtLoad -bool false && sudo plutil -convert xml1 $PLIST && sudo chmod 444 $PLIST done rm ~/Desktop/VMWare\ Shared\ Folders
The VMware Shared Folders should be gone for good.
This has been tested under OS X 10.8.3 and VMware Fusion 5.0.3
Another indication that you’re running a machine that was imaged from a virtual machine with VMware tools installed is that you receive the following message when you run lsof:
lsof: WARNING: can't stat() vmhgfs file system /Volumes/VMware Shared Folders
A Bolder Way
If you know that you’ll never want to re-enable VMware tools, deleting the configuration files may be easier (caveat utor: I have not tried this myself):
sudo rm /Library/LaunchAgents/com.vmware.launchd.vmware-tools-userd.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.vmware.launchd.tools.plist rm ~/Desktop/VMWare\ Shared\ Folders