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Uninstall leaves site(s) broken


Currently I have a WSSv3 site that uses the version 1.1 of the smart tools - whats new. I am trying to uninstall this in order to be able to convert this WSSv3 site to a SPF2010 site. When trying to do this previously without removing the solution, the 2010 conversion errors out becuase it cannot find any files for smarttools -whats new.
So I went back to WSSv3 and brought the site back up and installed a new VM with WSSv3 on it and made sure the v1.1 was installed and deployed. My site comes up and everything is working just fine. When I go into the installer and try to remove the solution everything runs fine the program executes and revoes the solution.
After I refresh my browser and try to view the site after uninstalling what's new v1.1 ig get the following error "An error occurred during the processing of . Could not load file or assembly 'SmartTools.WhatsNew, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=08c06254711595b7' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified. "
Is there something else that I need to deactivate or uninstall to clear this error so my site will load correctly??