Application launcher crashing virtual machine

I have been trying out Linux lately and using Arch with KDE. I understand I may not be good with Linux yet but I had Arch running fine for close to a week in virtual box but wanted to try vmware because it seemed to have better performance. Did the switch and it worked great, after 3 days though out of nowhere as far as i can see, the second i click the application launcher (or start if it was windows) it freezes up and crashes my vmware. Not being too attached to my setup i deleted the virtual machine and did a fresh one. It proceeded to happen with each fresh attempt from then on. I’d love to know if its something I did I’m going to keep troubleshooting but I had hoped someone here could help because it seems to just be the application manager in KDE/Plasma.