Downloading pirated software is a crime in many countries and visiting websites involved with pirating puts you at risk of getting viruses not only from the software itself, but also from rogue advertising since criminal gangs are involved.
Regardless the fact that many people download and run the pirated software and movies, nearly all of them contain some kind of malware. And moreover, these trojans hide themselves from detection pretty well as nobody cares about chasing malware in pirated content.
Even if antivirus grabs one, users normally put it into exception and don't care, based on an assumption that "antiviruses don't like cracked software", while in fact, cracked software and free movies do contain malware.
The file does not need to be executable to infect your PC. Normally it contains only a minimal payload in any type of file which then exploits a vulnerability in your PC so it can run and then it downloads the rest from the internet.
Also, extremely bad things happen sometimes. The best example was a pirated version of XCode for MacOS which was backdoored and went undetected for long time in China. It wasn't classical piracy, it was just an unauthorized download, so if you have a chance to download authorized software, do so.
See this: Chinas Awful Internet Speed Has Spread Malware to Millions of Smartphones and this: Novel Malware XcodeGhost Modifies Xcode Infects Apple iOS Apps and Hits App Store
Note that it wasn't typical malware, but it was modified development stack which basically hid malware in numerous applications built with it and then spread onto mobile devices via the AppStore. So it was a free application, but unauthorized - that's why it's best to get only valid content.
Regarding legal software and malware, such as Windows 10, there have been rumors that Microsoft can read any data from your hard drive, which isn't true. The quoted text from the EULA which was published on many websites was modified by removing important words, so that the whole sentence has an incorrect meaning. The point is, that when you are using online services like Outlook365 or Google Drive, you send that data to the provider. However, this data is encrypted during transfer and at-rest in cloud and the key is derived from your password. For criminals it's easier to break into your PC than into the cloud.
Finally, the answer to your question based on statistical data from BitTorrent would be "Yes". I can't publish in which torrents I have found it - just how I found it. For example, I got one WMV file which wasn't detected by Panda, but then it downloaded another payload which was detected by Panda but not by Avast. In another instance, there was a program downloaded which had remote control built-in and it was contacting a host on the internet, which was was detected by the IDS. In another instance, the downloaded key logger software had a backdoor which was neutralized by Kaspersky AV.
I'd suggest trying trials and free games. There's more of them every year and these are very often full fledged products. You can also obtain free games during promotions and competitions. Very often there are lowered prices some time after the product is released (e.g. on Amazon). There are also many promotions in many online stores during certain periods during the year. Note that this is the case for the most well known and reputable sources. Any unknown website selling cheap software is very likely selling pirated copies and very likely with embedded Trojans. Try to pay less for the hardware, it's a lot cheaper today, you can buy very good business laptops and desktops for a third of the price.