Current version of Opera browser doesn't obey
etc/hosts file for domains outside the local network. It looks to me like it is using its own DNS resolver.
For example if I create the following entries in hosts file:
127.0.0.1 stackoverflow.com #IPv4 example ::1 www.stackoverflow.com #IPv6 example
then Firefox, IE and network tools like ping evaluate stackoverflow.com as localhost (127.0.0.1) but Opera still visits real stackoverflow.com (even after restart).
I view this behavior as unsecure and annoying, as system-wide list of unwanted (dangerous or intentionally blocked) sites is ignored by the browser. Is there a way how to make Opera browser obey the content of