W32 Sality virus/malware on a Mac? Is this possible?

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My boss had a w32 Sality virus/malware on his USB drive that he has used for a long time with a Dell laptop running 32 bit Vista. He has recently purchased a new Macbook with Mac OS X 10.6. He says his computer has started crashing (no additional information) and he is worried there is a link between the w32 Sality and the crashing of his Macbook. We just found this w32 Sality the other day when I plugged his key into my W7 machine and McAfee identified it.

I googled w32 Sality and from what I've read, it seems to be specific to computers running MS Windows OS. I read about how this particular malware/virus makes changes to the Windows registry, among other things.

Therefore, the w32 Sality could not have affected his Macbook, right? Am I way off-base here?

Secondly, he asked me what a virus, in general, "attacks" and he seems to think it attacks the OS of a machine. From my limited online reading, it sounds like virus can attach themselves to all different sorts of files and can "attack" or have an effect on any number of programs or entities that are on a machine. So my question is, why are Windows based machines more susceptible than Mac and Linux systems? Why do viruses have more oppertunities to infiltrate a Windows machine vs. a Mac or a machine running Linux? I read there are millions of viruses for Windows platforms but only a handful (maybe an exagerration) for Linux OS.

Sorry for the two part question!

Thanks! and I apologize for interchanging the words "virus" and "malware" throughout this post. I don't pretend to be an expert.

Chris
 
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