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Hotmail is a web-based service. As long as you don't login to Hotmail, there's nothing that's going to get downloaded to your computer.

I've got a Hotmail account that I don't use anymore because I got lots of junk mails. If I don't sign into the account and if I do not open any of the junk mail files, can the junk mails take up any memory or space on my computer?

In this excerpt from Answercast #53, I look at how Hotmail as an internet-based program does not download email files to your computer.

Hotmail on your computer

No. Hotmail is a web-based service. It only interacts with your computer - and even then, only within the browser if you login to Hotmail. If you visit the website.

As long as you don't login to Hotmail then:

  • There is nothing that's going to come to your computer.

  • There's nothing that's going to get downloaded to your computer.

  • There's nothing that's going to take up any space or any memory on your computer.

Close the account

What you're doing is probably the right thing. If you actually don't want to use a Hotmail account anymore, simply stop logging in. Eventually, the account will get closed for you automatically and it will just stop working.

So, don't go login to it and you should be just fine.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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September 18, 2012 7:46 PM

However, if you have an email program on your computer (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.) that is set to automatically download your Hotmail mail, the Hotmail account in your program must be deactivated or it will continue downloading the spam.

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