losing images on uninstall

i like the plug-in. i have a problem though in that i have files outside of the media folder supporting a cusotm plug in. given we can't smush these the plug in isn't something that is going to be of value to us.

i deactivaed wp-smush and lost images on many of my pages.

Here is an example:

seeing lots of these instead of images:

another example:
[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="540" img_size="large" alignment="center"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="2/3"][vc_column_text]

another example:
this is a listing where we should be seeing photos
we have a monster amount of effort building these pages, so just need to get these images back. thank you for your help!